#BounceExclusive: See What Boko Haram Left Behind After Benisheik Raid
It was a sight that could melt even the toughest hearts in the world.
Have you ever considered what it means to give birth at home without a midwife or a nurse's help?
That is a circumstance that Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Benisheik community in Kaga Local Government Area of Borno State consider as normal.
These people have seen it all – good, bad, ugly and some of the residents are struggling to with the definition of joy.
Thank God Action Aid and other organisations are restoring hope to them.
On September 18, 2013 Benisheik residents in Kaga Local Government Area of Borno State were thrown into mourning.
Members of the dreaded Boko Haram sect crept in and attacked residents, leaving at least 161 people dead.
Residents lost their property to the insurgents, as some were forced to sell their belongings just to give the insurgents the proceed of the sales.
Their demands were in millions one of the IDPs said.
They were threatened with death by the insurgents bent on wreaking havoc on the community at that time, if they fail to meet monetary deadlines.
The insurgents' source of funding had been stifled by the government, as it tried to end their activities that had brought retrogression to the northeast.
So, the heartless terrorists turned on these communities for compulsory funds.
Borno was their strong hold but it seems they have lost their grip on the state as a result of heightened counter-terror operations.
After this crisis forced people out of their homes, they needed a place to stay even if they could not get the basic things of life.
An informal camp for Internally Displaced Persons now exist within Benisheik community, established by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).
It houses over 3,000 displaced persons mostly Fulani, Kanuri and a few Hausa indigenes.
Blessed With Babies
However, the unique thing about this camp is that it is blessed with babies.
For over three years, the displaced persons have found a home there even though they still clamour to go back to their native communities.
Bounce News visited the camp and saw how much of a blessing some of the displaced persons have become to the nation, adding more numbers to the population that is staggering at 190 million.
Some children there only know this camp as their home.
Two families have twins and these babies were given birth to some seven months ago within this camp.
How cute these twins looked draws attention, considering the environment and the fact that most of them give birth within this premises.
While one set of twins look so healthy, the other two are in need of medical attention.
The scorching sun seems to have lost its effect on the babies whose skin glows like that of some citizens referred to as Ajebo.
But they are in an IDPs camp, needing aids from people to ensure that the blessing of twins do not become a 'double burden' to the parents.
This camp lacks steady supply of food and other materials
Action Aid, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), in collaboration with other NGOs have provided the displaced persons succour, giving them assistance in terms of counselling and training.
These people are gradually leaving behind the misery cast on them by the insurgents years ago.
The Action Aid counsellors in the camp are helping to ease the burden of Gender Based Violence and they are seeing results.
Some of the IDPs have also received training in different fields.
But more aid is needed. This is one of the challenges that a counsellor, Sadiq Mohammed, highlighted.
He says the displaced persons need food supply.
“When we come to them, they tell us they need food, even when we have no food to offer them. We have devised a means to make them give us attention and apply our counsel and their lives are taking shape again. But they are hungry and need to be fed," he said.
Most of the displaced persons also told Bounce News they needed to return to their communities, but also wanted to be sure that they will experience the kind of peace they had before they were chased out.
As much as they want to go home, what they will eat now is of more importance to them.
They want the government and Nigerians to come to their aid.
Help in your own little way.