How IDPs Camp Inferno Killed 2, Rendered 8,778 Homeless in Borno

The Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Camp in Government Girls Arabic Secondary School (GGASS) was engulfed by fire on March 3, in Mafa Local Government Area of Borno State.

The fire killed two and displaced 8,778, a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), GOALPrime Organization Nigeria (GPON) disclosed.

In a statement by the NGO, its country director, Dr Christopher Chinedumuije, said 1,501 shelters and 1,463 households were affected.

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He said the event affected in the loss of significant personal items such as biometric cards, food ration cards and sanitation facilities.

Christopher, however, testify that two children were burnt to death and several others injured. He said the cause of the fire is unknown as the investigation is still ongoing.

“He added that GPON, in collaboration with the WASH Sector, RRM Working Group, UNICEF and Action Against Hunger, had provided improved WASH NFIs and shelter kits to the survivors,” he said.

Dr Chinedumuije further disclosed that the organisation, through a partnership with UNICEF Nigeria, was rehabilitating 20 blocks of latrines and had completed the construction of nine others.

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