Daily Trust (Abuja)

9 August 2012

Nigeria: 500 Displaced From Plateau Still in Kaduna Villages

Kaduna — More than 500 persons who fled their homes in Plateau State as a result of violence that rocked some local government areas of the state are still living in the Kaduna communities, Daily Trust has gathered.

Executive Secretary of the Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) Ishaku Dogo Makama also confirmed yesterday that the state is being faced with challenges of taking care of the 500 persons that are still in Aboro and Karshi districts of Sanga local government area.

A resident in Aboro said the Red Cross Society and some government agencies have provided succour to the displaced persons but it seems not to be enough.

Speaking to Daily Trust, district head of Karshi Bala Madaki said: "From the last count by the red cross after donating to them, 237 households are still in our communities. They did not include children but only men and women were counted".

Speaking to UN officials on the challenges of managing disaster is the state, the SEMA boss, Ishaku Dogo Makama, said the over 500 displaced persons are the only remaining refugees there.

"We have challenges in humanitarian support because there was duplication of efforts in the past; we also lack ambulances and mobile clinics", Makama said.

The head of the UN humanitarian services in the Sahel region, David Gressly, said they cannot attend all the expectations of Nigeria in disaster because the country has more resources than the UN.

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