Excitement surged through the Malkohi Internally Displaced People (IDP) camp in Yola, Adamawa State on Thursday, May 14, 2015 as tailors paid by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), to make clothes for about 275 persons in the camp were brought in. The clothes were made for both the children and the mothers.
The clothes were brought in on the promise made to them by the Director General of NEMA, Sani Sadi, the last time time he visited them. He had promised the IDPs brand new clothes and not fairly used clothes that were brought for them.
The new clothing, according to officials, were part of an effort to assure the IDPs that there was still hope for them and to try to make them forget their horrible experience in the hands of the Boko Haram captors. The women and children each got three sets of clothing while baby kits including clothes, baby milk, pampers and other things were given to nursing mothers and their infants.
The children, who were given kaftans, wrappers and dresses, after being dressed in their new attires were overjoyed.
All 275 IDPs have been confirmed to be HIV/AIDS free after series of medical tests had been carried out. The news was delivered to them by Ms. Ruth Ugwu, a UNICEF official.
“Both rescued women and the children after several health screening the result available is that they are free of HIV/AIDS. The only illnesses we noticed among them especially the children are malnutrition and eyes problem,’’ Ugwu said.