#BounceExclusive: Humanitarian Crisis Looms In Gombe
Hajara Hassan, a 22-year-old mother of two, who is also nine months pregnant is a victim of the communal clashes in Adamawa State.
Her family lost everything, including their house, but only escaped with the clothes on their backs.
"We are now living with a relative in Gombe, but we are in dire need of help, we need food and clothes," Hajara said.
Hajara Hassan and her family are part of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) fleeing from the troubled stricken parts of Adamawa state.
According to information from the Gombe State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), influx of about 19,000 fleeing IDPs fleeing clashes in Lafiya Lamurde in Adamawa State have been recorded.
More people arrived on Friday and that number keeps growing by the minute.
Bounce News came across about 40 of these IDPs on Sunday in Gombe.
Majority of the IDPs said that they had to flee Lafiya Lamurde following a massive raid by a group involved in communal clashes in the town and its surroundings.
68-year-old Binta (Uwani), said they trekked for about 30 kilometers to escape the attack and had to pass the night at a Military check point and later move to Cham, in Balanga Local Government Area.
The widow and mother of seven said they were later offered a lift to Gombe, where they are now being sheltered by a nephew.
"My house, five goats and other wearable have all been stolen and destroyed,” she said.
The Gombe SEMA office said it had raised a memo to the state governor seeking assistance for the IDPs, whose condition is horrifying.
Muhammad Garba, the Relief and Rehabilitation Officer (RRO) of SEMA Gombe told Bounce News that the agency cannot help the matter rather than to wait for what will come from the state government.
He said the agency had gone to access and also get the figures of the IDPs who are spread across towns and communities in the state.
He added that, “We have about 6, 264 in Bam-Bam and another 11, 126 who are at present being sheltered in a primary school in Cham all in Balanga LGA, with another over 500 in Local Gona, Akko LGA.
“The figure is however increasing as there are about 67 people in Tumu towns also in Akko LGA, not talking about those in Gombe metropolis, which are hard to count, because they are mostly living with their friends and relatives.”
“There is the need for groups and individuals to come in and render some help pending when relief would be coming from our agency, this is because the IDPs are in dire need of assistance”.
It is still unclear why and how the communal clash between the Waja and Lunguda communities in Lafiya Lamurde in Adamawa State began, despite having age long history of peace.
Bilyaminu Ibrahim, an IDP seeking refuge with an uncle in Gombe, told Bounce News that the pandemonium struck after a group, allegedly beat up two and killed one member of Lunguda community.
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