The United States will do everything within its power to work with the Nigerian Government to assist internally displaced persons from Boko Haram insurgence rebuild their lives according to Ambassador James Entwistle. He spoke Friday May 8, when he visited a camp sheltering displaced persons in Yola, Adamawa State. More than 1,121 internally displaced persons are presently under the shelter of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) camp in Yola.
Ambassador Entwistle and his wife Dr. Pamela Schmoll traveled to Yola as special guest of the American University in Nigeria (AUN) for the 16th convocation ceremony of the university.
In receiving the U.S. Ambassador, Camp Manager of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in Yola, Zachariah Abubakar said the camp urgently needs help and time is running out. “From two months old babies, to very aged persons, everyone here needs urgent help and anything that can be done to ameliorate the sufferings of these displaced persons in camp, would be a welcome development.”
He said a total of 275 displaced person were brought into the Camp on Saturday May 2. The additional numbers, mainly children, girls and women, were rescued persons from the Sambisa Forest. Out of that number, 61 of them were unaccompanied children according to Mohammed Amin Sulieman, the director, Rescue, Relief and Rehabilitation Adamawa State NEMA.
Before leaving the camp, Ambassador Entwistle commended the efforts of NEMA and other volunteer organizations such as the Nigerian Red Cross and the International Rescue Committee, a U.S. based humanitarian organization, for their inspiring efforts in bringing relief to people who found themselves in very unfortunate circumstances.