Banditry: How Lack Of Camps Worsens Plight Of Displaced Persons

Thousands of people displaced by banditry in the North West and parts of North Central over the years have lost their bearings, and therefore, increasingly having difficulty living a normal life, Daily Trust Saturday reports.

Despite years of uncertainty, killings, maiming, and complete obstruction of normal life, most of the frontline states in the North-West and parts of the North-Central lack organized camps for a multitude of people dislodged by terrorists, bandits, and other criminals.

Unlike Borno and Adamawa states in the North-East that established camps for internally displaced people for easy management of the situation, which has attracted international attention in form of support, the humanitarian crises in the North West and parts of the North Central have remained problematic.

Although some of the states have identified what could easily be described as “glorified displaced persons camps,” others are still living in denial for political and other reasons.

In most cases, it was the displaced people who turned any available structure into a camp and live for years without access to basic privileges of life and modest food, water, health centers, and schools for their children.

Experts believe that an angry generation has been created by the powers-that-be, saying that if a deliberate effort is not put in place to take the record of displaced people and their children for the purpose of tackling the challenges confronting them, it is a matter of time before they become another problem for the system.

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