Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at Riyom Town Hall camp in Plateau have cried out over starvation, degradation and inhuman condition they’ve been subjected to.
One of the IDPs who spoke to a delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Mr John Langai, disclosed that many of them had been forced to seek refuge in the camp since June when their communities, Bachit and others were attacked by insurgents.
Aside from insufficient food and sustenance, they also complained of sleeping on bare floors, which they described as “degrading and dehumanising” conditions ever since they moved to the camp.
“Many of our people were killed, our houses burnt by the attackers and our farms destroyed.
“Those of us who survived have nothing to eat, in fact we have been starving. We don’t have what to sleep on as you can see the women lying on the bare floor over there.
“Many have contacted diseases due to overcrowding and some have even died as a result,” Langai said.
One Mrs Blessing Gyang who lost five members of her immediate family including two of her brothers in an attack, described life in the camp as terrible. Vanguard reported that she said;
“People queue to use the toilet provided by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
“Many people, especially women, have contacted different kinds of diseases from the toilets,” she said.