The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of IDPs, Cecilia Jimenez-Damary, has spent the last couple of days with PSI’s Migration Programme Coordinator Genevieve Gencianos, PSI Africa & Arab Countries Regional Secretary Sani Baba, PSI IDP Project Coordinator in Nigeria Moradeke Abiodun-Badru, ASSR’s Maria Östberg-Svanelind, and other important delegates; exchanging on effective mechanisms for ensuring that IDPs in Nigeria are not left behind. The camp visit comes a couple of days after stakeholders participated in a 1.7km walk in Abuja to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the Kampala Convention on IDPs.
The visit was also preceded by a Stakeholders’ Forum with the theme “Upholding the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons: Organizing, Empowering, Delivering,’’ which gathered around 150 participants representing workers, UN agencies, non-governmental organizations, experts and the IDPs themselves.
Wassa IDP Camp has a population of over 5,000 IDPs, who are mostly women and children from Borno and Yobe States in the north-east of Nigeria. These families have been displaced due to the violence by extremist terrorists within their home territories and forced to flee miles and miles away, with little to no belongings.
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