MURIC expresses concern over fate of IDPs

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  The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has said it is deeply worried by the alleged deteriorating condition of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the North East of Nigeria.

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The Islamic human rights organization raised the concern in a statement issued and signed by its founder and director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, on Tuesday, 8th January, 2019.

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“According to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, there are 2.4 million displaced people in the North East of Nigeria.

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“This figure includes 471,000 IDPs in Cameroon, Chad and Niger and more than 228,000 refugees. Borno State government has also registered 42,000 orphans and 200,000 widows as a result of Boko Haram insurgency.

“In our own opinion, the Borno State government is overwhelmed as the number of IDPs in the state alone is higher than the population of the federal capital territory. These IDPs suffer from hunger and various ailments due to poor hygiene occasioned by the unhealthy environment in which some of them are kept,” the statement said.

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