Council Chair Requests Security As IDPs Return To Farms, Homes

While some Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) prepare to return to their various homes in Taraba State, Chairman of Ussa Local Government Area of the north eastern state, Mr. Rimansikwe Karma, has pleaded with the Federal Government to urgently deploy additional security to ensure a safe return of the IDPs to their homes. Karma made the request in Ussa today while addressing journalists. He stated that most IDPs from the communities in the Local Government Area were afraid to return to their homes over fear of another possible attack alleging that…

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How Journalism help beat human traffickers in IDP camps

Nigerian journalist and campaigner, Philip Obaji Jr. in this article published in www.newsdeeply.com/refugees  describes what working with children displaced by Boko Haram has taught him both about the power of storytelling and the importance of education – and access to clean water – to protect children at risk of trafficking. MAIDUGURI, NIGERIA – After the Boko Haram insurgency began in northeast Nigeria in 2009, thousands of people started fleeing the region to other parts of the country, including to my home city of Calabar in southern Nigeria. Many of these survivors were children…

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Senate probes rape allegation in IDP camps

The Senate has constituted a committee to investigate allegation of sexual abuse in Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps in the North East geo-political zone of the country. The seven man ad-hoc committee headed by Chairman, Senate committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, Senator David Umaru, was asked to investigate the authenticity of a report by Amnesty International that soldiers were sexually violating women in IDP camps in North East.  The Senate according to a report by  said that the verification of the report was necessary for the assembly…

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The need for media monitoring on reporting of 1DPs

Welcome address by President of Journalists for Christ International Outreach, Mr Lekan Otufodunrin at stakeholders meeting on Monitoring Media Reportage and Portrayal of IDPs in Africa project   I want to formally welcome you all to today’s program which is a stakeholders meeting on the project being implemented by our organization, Journalists for Christ International Outreach with the support of World Association for Christian Communication WACC and Bread for the World, and Waldensian Church’s Otto per Mille (OPM) Office in Italy.   The project titled : Monitoring Media Reportage and Portrayal of…

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