NAN – The International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) has donated food stuffs and house hold items to no fewer than 260,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states.
The ICRC disclosed this in its current journal made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Tuesday, June 2, 2015.
It stated that about 7,200 IDPs in those states have also received hygiene materials, beddings and shelters, in partnership with the Nigeria Red Cross Society (NRCS).
According to the report, 50,000 IDPs in Maiduguri received food items, which would last them for about a month.
“The ICRC had renovated and upgraded water points and sanitation facilities in some communities affected by armed violence and also in the IDPs camps.
“About 80 latrines were built in the camps and 8,000 IDPs received water supplies in Maiduguri which was brought in by water trucks.
“34,000 people that were affected by armed conflict in the North East and central states were able to access water from rehabilitated water sources,’’ it said.
The journal said that ICRC had trained 40 Nigerian health workers in hospitals at the North East on emergency management of mass causalities.
It also said that the organisation had made it possible for 75,000 patients, including IDPs and residents in Borno state to access essential preventive and curative health care.
It said the ICRC is partnering with Nigeria Armed Forces in improving their knowledge of and respect for International Humanitarian Law (IHL) governing military operations.
It added that the organisation had briefed 515 army officers and trained 137 naval personnel on the rules of IHL.
According to the details, ICRC and The Nigeria Red Cross Society (NRCS) had worked hand in hand to restore family links between family members separated by the conflict.
“The hidden psychological impact of the on-going crises is devastating; hundreds of thousands of people have left their homes on foot without anything, often losing contacts with close family members.
“500 people contacted the ICRC and NRCS services with request for tracing family members and free phone calls were made available by the Red Cross for separated family members,’’ it said.