In Yobe NEMA screens refugees, IDPs

The NEMA coordinator said ``we are here based on the directives to assess the refugees' exact number and forward recommendations for relief assistance to the affected persons.

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The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Wednesday commenced a three-day screening of refugees who fled to Geidam in Yobe, from Bosso, Niger Republic, following  Boko Haram attack there.

The Field Coordinator of NEMA in Yobe, Mr Nahuta Abubakar, told newsmen in Geidam said more than 5,000 of the refugees were registered, including 100 malnourished children.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that some of the refugees are taking refuge in the host community, while others are in schools and other public institutions.

NAN learnt that the refugees were from Bosso and Diffa in Niger Republic, while others were Internally Displaced Persons from Kannama, Abadam, Demasak and Kareto in Yobe and Borno.  

The NEMA coordinator said ``we are here based on the directives to assess the refugees' exact number and forward recommendations for relief assistance to the affected persons.

The Agency distributed food items, including 25 bags of rice, 25 bags of sugar, 20 cartons of milk, 20 cartons of Milo, 20 cartons of indomie noodles and Nylon mats for immediate intervention.

Nahuta said ``we have so far registered 5,000 people, including women, children; there is the possibility that the number will rise by the time we conclude the three-day screening.''

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