Edo: 400 IDPs Return Home

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By Ikhili Monday EBALU, Benin City 

About 400 Internally Displaced Persons (IPD) from the IDP’s camp in Edo State have returned homes following the return of peace in their communities.

The Coordinator of the camp, Pastor Solomon Folorusho disclosed this   to journalists at  Uhuoga camp in Benin city  at  the  children day celebration .

He said, ” More than 400 have gone back home, some went through the Red Cross Society and some through parents who came to the camp searching for their children. This was done in collaboration with Directorate State Security Service (DSS) to ensure that there would be no foul play,” he said.

He noted that the children in the camp are most passionate about education while the women are also passionate about skill acquisition, saying that there is a nongovernmental organisation who is already training then on tailoring.

The Coordinator however,   appealed for sewing machines to enable them continue with the skill acquisition so that when they go back to their respective homes as soon as peace returned they would be able to cater for themselves.

Pastor Folorusho expressed confidence that the children attending school in the camp would be able to compete with other students when they move back to their state.

“As part of activities marking the children day, we have an NGO that came here to have their hair cut and we also organised a football match for them. They have learnt to be contented with what they have and where they are living,” he said.

He appealed to individuals, NGOs, corporate organisation as well as government to come to the aid of the IDPS in the area of books, toothpaste, food, sewing machine among others.

According to him, the IDPs have cultivated five hectares of farmland   so as to argument whatever donations received from people and organisations.

“We are trying our best to ensure that we produce enough food from our farm, though our produce is not enough compare with the popular in the camp” he said.