IMPROVED LIVING CONDITION OF IDPS STRESSED AS THE GLOBAL COMMUNITY MARKS WORLD REFUGEE DAY

World-Refugee-Day-1 The need for improved living condition for refugees across the country, especially those in Internally Displaced Persons, IDP Camps advocated, as the global community marks World Refugee Day. The Branch Secretary Nigeria Red Cross Society, Enugu State, Mr. Tony Udegbu, made the call while speaking with Radio Nigeria on the event. The need to honour, encourage and strengthen the determination of individuals who were compelled to abandon their homes and properties under threats of persecution and outbreak of conflicts or violence propelled the United Nations General Assembly to designate June 20 as World Refugee Day.

The annual celebration serves as a reminder to government and people globally to provide Refugees with basic necessities of life. Speaking on World Refugee Day, the Branch Secretary, Nigeria Red Cross Society, Mr. Tony Udegbu while highlighting the humanitarian services of the Red Cross to Refugees lamented that Refugees in IDP camps in the country were not adequately catered for by governments. Mr. Udehgbu urged various governments to employ network of staff in IDP camps for effective management.

The Enugu State Commissioner for Human Capital Development and Poverty Reduction, Deacon Obinna Mbaeke observed that the difficulties faced by Refugees could be reduced if government initiated programmes that would enlighten and empower them through entrepreneurial skill acquisition

The respondents added that there was need to accord refugees proper attention that would give them sense of belonging in the society.

EVELYN AWUNOR

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