There is surely no place like home.

When you see Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, you will understand what it means to truly be home.

They have spent years in a camp, enough time to make them feel at home, but they are not willing to remain there.

Food supplies are consistent, but they are making more requests and major in those requests is their desire to return to their communities in northeast Nigeria that have been devastated by Boko Haram insurgents.

They want the Federal Government to intensify efforts to make their places safe so they can return.

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The leader of the Internally Displaced Persons’ (IDPs) in Kuchigoro, Abuja, Mr Philemon Emmanuel, made the appeal when officials of National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons visited the facility. 

The officials had gone to the camp and others in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to deliver food and non-food items, empowerment and educational materials to the victims. 

Emmanuel, said: “We do appreciate all the efforts to make the camps comfortable for us through the donations and several visits by concerned people from within and outside the country, 

“We have been missing home and we will want to beg that government should intensify efforts toward making our places safe, so we can return home. 

“We have been shown that humanity cares for us through the regular gifts we get here but we have been disconnected from our roots and majority of us here will want to return to our ancestral lands because there is no place like home”.

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One other request that the IDPs made was for supplies to meet their medical needs.

After the request, the Federal Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants  and Internally Displaced Persons, Sadiya Farouk, promised the displaced persons that the Federal Government would continue to partner  donor agencies and individuals to help the victims.

Normalcy has returned to most of the communities in the northeast, but rebuilding and reconstruction are ongoing to make the place more liveable for the residents. 

SEE HOW IDPS ARE COPING IN A CAMP IN NORTHEAST