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The Bakassi Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs camp manager, Mohammed Gujibawu has disclosed that between June and December this year, no fewer than 3,213 pregnancies have been recorded in the camp located in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
He stated this yesterday when a delegation of the United Nations humanitarian agencies, comprising WHO , UNPFA , UNCR , ICRC , UNICEF , FAO, OHRC, UNOCHAR, IOM and representative of the federal government visited the camp to assess the humanitarian situation there.
Recall that the Human Rights Watch, HRW, had accused the personnel of the Nigeria Police Force, the Nigerian Army, vigilante groups and camp leaders of raping young girls and women in various Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs camps.
The organization explained that its research showed that some of the victims were drugged and raped while others were forced into sex through false marriage promises, and material and financial assistance.
Meanwhile, the the Bakassi IDPs camp manager told the UN agencies that some of the challenges facing the camp are inadequate supply for infants and adults, inadequate school learning materials for the children, lack of potable water, inadequate supply of drugs for underage patients, and absence of ambulance, among others.
He revealed that the Bakassi camp grew to the present number from the 4,743 IDPs it started with as a result of the evacuation of IDPs from school premises when government decided to reopen schools occupied by the displaced persons, in addition to IDPs brought from areas liberated by the military.
“The IDPs are from five local government areas of Borno State which are Guzaumala, Monguno, Nganze, Marte and Gwoza, and their numbers keep increasing as the Nigerian Military continues to conquer Sambisa (Forest) and the remaining strongholds of Boko Haram terrorists in Borno.
“We also have a reasonable number of unaccompanied children separated from their parents, or wives separated from their husbands, who were either killed or abducted by the insurgents,” Gujibawu said.
Responding on behalf of the delegation, the head of sub-office of the UN Migration Agency, IOM, Miss Nangila Khakula Emma, said the UN Humanitarian Bodies came from their various headquarters to monitor the humanitarian situation in all the IDPs camps in Borno state in order to assist in addressing the challenges in them.