We are taking the challenge to rebuild our lives –Yobe IDPs
The Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who relocated to their villages in Yobe said they have taken the challenge to rebuild their lives as normalcy had returned to the communities.
Malam Bukar Ali, a returnee IDP told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Gujba, Yobe, that over 70 per cent of people who fled the village had returned.
He said that “the presence of soldiers in the village had given us a sense of confidence and security to resettle and rebuild our lives.”
Malam Mohammad Zanna, another returnee, said the provision of food items and rehabilitation of boreholes by the state government had cushioned the
hardship of the returnees.
He added that “when we came back, some of us were lucky to have our houses not destroyed but our major challenge was food and water because we abandoned our farms for two years, while the boreholes were vandalised.
“We are happy that the state government, through the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), has provided us
with food items and rehabilitated the boreholes.”
The Yobe Government last Friday distributed 600 bags of rice, 300 bags of millet, 300 bags of beans, 400 cartons of Indomie noodles, 100 cartons of vegetable oil, 100 cartons of toilet soaps, 600 pieces of nylon mats and 200 pieces of blankets to the returning IDPs in Katarko and Gujba.
NAN reports that the five boreholes vandalised by insurgents had been rehabilitated and were currently serving the people.
Meanwhile, Malam Modu Wakil, a community leader, said that the people were making preparations to resume farming activities as the cropping season would soon set in.
He said “we are mostly farmers, we abandoned our farms for two years, we are now prepared to resume farming activities to rebuild our lives as normalcy has returned to our communities.”
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