Imagine living under a corrugated zinc roof, where heat and cold can penetrate fragile aging bones. Imagine leaving behind farm land and meager properties to an urban “slum”, living at the mercy of God and humanitarians.
This is the reality of the Seenager’s, located in the IDP camp in the outskirts of the capital city Abuja.
The frequent exposure to harsh environmental elements, often lead to illness such as colds and fevers and high blood pressure; to make matters worse, the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Dewdrop Foundation’s visit to the Kuchingoro IDP camp as COVID-19 cases escalate worldwide was aimed at investigating the existing needs of the elderly displaced due to conflict in Nigeria’s North-East.
“They survive by fetching firewood and tying in bundles and selling for about N500 each’, Mrs Hanatu Andrew retells the experiences of the elderly women in their makeshift community.
Most of the internally displaced in this camp are from Borno and Adamawa, though there are also many from Kaduna, Plateau and Benue State.
“Most Organizations that come here focus on younger women for empowerment programs, they don’t remember the elderly who are often dependent on their adult children”.
Dewdrop’s focus on the elderly is brought to the fore, due to the global pandemic that has reduced economic activity and increased the burdens of the displaced. The extreme hardship faced by the 107,75 individuals living in the camp is increased by the harsh realities of the current climate.
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By Maryanne Kooda.