The coming rainy season will likely worsen the living conditions at Ortese Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Benue State, North-central Nigeria, Médecins Sans Frontières(MSF)/Doctors Without Borders, has raised the alarm.
“The IDPs have had their livelihoods destroyed by the conflict and are in need of protection, food, shelter and medical assistance,” MSF said in a statement on Wednesday, April 27.
According to the organisation, the camp is currently home to at least 11,000 people who barely have enough to survive.
“Insecurity in Benue State has led to the displacement of thousands of people. Most shelters in Ortese camp are made of mosquito nets and low quality plastics,” the medical charity said.
MSF is the only humanitarian organisation providing support to the camp at the moment.
“We have provided toilets and are carrying out daily water trucking to the camp. We are also providing medical support, primary health care, and helping victims of GBV.”
While it continues its humanitarian assistance at the camp, MSF called for support from other humanitarian communities, noting that it cannot alone cover the humanitarian needs of displaced persons in the state.
Aside from the induced humanitarian crisis in Ortese camp, HumAngle also reported the ill-boding humanitarian situation in Yandev camp – located in the North Bank area of Makurdi, the state capital, where displaced persons narrated how they were dealing with hunger and several diseases.
The IDPs who are mostly farmers now depend solely on humanitarian aid.
Support Our Journalism
There are millions of ordinary people affected by conflict in Africa whose stories are missing in the mainstream media. HumAngle is determined to tell those challenging and under-reported stories, hoping that the people impacted by these conflicts will find the safety and security they deserve.
To ensure that we continue to provide public service coverage, we have a small favour to ask you. We want you to be part of our journalistic endeavour by contributing a token to us.
Your donation will further promote a robust, free, and independent media.Donate Here