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Malkohi IDPs Camp: Tears Of Joy Welcome Trailers-load Of Food


IDPs Adamawa

Some of the IDPs waiting for supplies (Inset: Donated items being distributed) PHOTO: EMMANUEL ANDE

THERE were tears of joy Wednesday last week at the Malkohi camp for persons displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency.

The 275 occupants of the camp located about 40 kilometres from Yola, the Adamawa State capital, wept because food giant, Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc, maker of Golden Penny products, donated six trailers-load of urgently needed foodstuff.

The camp was in high spirits, as children and women milled around the trailers to get a good view of the assortment. Mrs. Joy Terry, a 26-year-old mother of six children from Baza in Michika local government, said her tears were not because she had regained her freedom, but because of the company’s demonstration of love.

“This gift tells me that while we were in Sambisa Forest under the captivity of Boko Haram, Nigerians and companies like Golden Penny were praying for us to survive,” she said.

Mrs. Audu Sule, a mother of three from Gulak in Madagali local government, lost her husband and her first child to the crisis.

She was full of praise for the visit by the company, adding, however, that her joy remained incomplete. She explained: “My joy is not full because my first son and my husband are not alive to partake of this huge donation.

I am seeing some of these food items here for the first time, like this one (pointing), Indomie Noodles, I don’t know how it is cooked.”

The management of the company, led by the secretary, Alhaji Olalekan Saliu, presented the items worth over N7m to the state governor, James Bala Ngillari, for onward distribution to the victims. Olalekan said the donation was part of the company’s social responsibility to the plight of Nigerians.

He added that the donation was to complement the state government’s effort in caring for the hundreds of thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) scattered across the state.

“Government alone cannot provide needed services to our brothers and sisters seriously in need of good food, cloths and other things.

That is why the company is here to assist the government to take care of the displaced,” he said.

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