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The United Nations Human Rights Commission for Refugees, in Nigeria held a series of discussions with the Internally Displaced Persons,IDPs in the various camps and host communities in Yola, Adamawa State to identify their needs.
According to the External Relations PI/ Officer for UNHCR ,Tamfu Ghandi Hanson who said the discussions were aimed at understanding their living conditions in view of plans for the distribution of Non Food Items (NFIs) to 3,000 most vulnerable households in the State.
The IDPs visited include those in National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) and Malkohi camps, as well as in neighboring host communities in the city. IDPs appreciated the assistance provided to them so far by the NEMA, SEMA and other humanitarian agencies.
Hanson said, following the recent recapturing of territories, some of the IDPs who have been long in the camps expressed willingness to return, but they lack the financial means to do so. On the other hand, a majority of IDPs are still refusing to return for fear of further attacks by the terrorrists.
Hanson allay their fears as Adamawa House of Assembly has directed the State government to start repatriating IDPs to their homes.
However, there are also worries of mines planted by the terrorists in the recaptured areas and the need to psychologically prepare the displaced persons for return while allowing time to heal the wounds of terror.
Hanson said that the meeting held between the UNHCR and other Humanitarian groups in the state on March 19 2015 agree to set up a Protection sector working group for the state.
More than twenty participants from at least ten humanitarian organizations including UNHCR, UNICEF, IOM, IRC, OCHA were involved and agreed to set up a secretariat and a child protection group .