EYN disaster ministry assists displaced people at three camps in Maiduguri

Staff of EYN’s disaster ministry with supplies for distribution to IDP camps in Maiduguri. Photo by Zakariya Musa, courtesy of EYN

By Zakariya Musa

The Disaster Relief Ministry of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) has assisted about 1,200 internally displaced people (IDPs) from three camps in Maiduguri during a two-day intervention on Sept. 18-19. Maiduguri is the largest city in the far northeast of Nigeria, and the location of EYN’s largest congregation at EYN Maiduguri #1.

Of the internally displaced people, about 95 percent were displaced from the Gwoza area abandoned to Boko Haram. They received food and non-food items that included rice, maize, soap, detergent, cooking oil, salt, Maggi cubes, dignity kits, and men’s inner wears.

Among other challenges recorded during the intervention were an increase in the number of vulnerable persons, some from the Minawao refugee camps in Cameroon and some from within Nigeria, and a rise in birth rates. Many from the host communities and other unidentified IDP camps demanded registration and profiling in the camps.    
 
— Zakariya Musa serves on the communications staff of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria. For more about the joint Nigeria Crisis Response of EYN and the Church of the Brethren go to www.brethren.org/nigeriacrisis .