#BounceExclusive: A Hopeless State Of Bayelsa For Flood Victims?
Miebi Keme sat on the cold floor, over a plate of beans, munching it aggressively.
As she eats, her mind snaps from her food to few hours further in the day, leaving her noticeably lost in thought.
She was not sure of what to eat in some hours’ time.
Her home had been taken away from her in a manner she finds hard to explain.
Miebi now lives in a shelter provided to her and her family at St. John’s Catholic Church in Igbogene area of Bayelsa State.
Flood waters had sacked her family from home and she was not sure of when she will see her home again.
All will surely not be the same again, she says.
Some had managed to take their mattresses along with them, but those who left their houses in a hurry, did not.
The ravaging effect of the flood seems to be increasing, as rain and more rain pours down, a deluge that appears like they were in the days of Noah.
Children numbering over 18 played hide and seek, with their bare bodies in the cold, laughing and chasing after one another.
I wondered how these innocent ones found joy and pride while their parents focused solely on misery and loss.
An occupant of one of the classrooms, a Primary School teacher, Nana Ikuli, told Bounce News that she had to relocate with her children to the church for safety.
Her situation had been made more precarious by the non-payment of September salary and arrears. Things were difficult for her and her children.
With her Ghanaian accent, she said: "We are a family of eight and sleep on bare floor every night”.
The deputy Governor, Gbaribiogha Jonah, had visited and promised to send relief materials to them.
But they have waited for days and are running out of patience.
She pleaded with individuals for assistance, saying "nothing is too small".
Meanwhile, a nursing mother, Mrs Agatha Keme, expressed displeasure over the neglect they were suffering.
Crying, she narrated how she was chased away from another IDP camp located at the same area.
"My children and l were so hungry that morning.
"I went into the camp with food flask to beg for food and they chased me away, calling me a beggar," she said.
Explaining further, she said her husband was arrested two days ago by a woman he owed the sum of 100,000 Naira.
"He had been buying foodstuffs from her on credit.
"We are hungry. No food, good drinking water and medication," she said.
Mrs Keme, however, expressed her gratitude to the Catholic Bishop of Bomadi Diocese, Bishop Hyacinth Egbebo, for donating noodles, rice, garri, mosquito treated net and the sum of 1,000 Naira to each family in the camp.
This relief provided will only last them for few days. They might have to look up to heaven when these supplies are exhausted.
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