Today, December 23, 2017, Staff of The Emmanuel Ivorgba Foundation, visited the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Camp in Riyom, Plateau State, to deliver food supplies and clothing. This is part of our SMILE WITH THE IDPs Campaign. The Smile with the IDPs Campaign was also supported by Mrs. Ivy Clem in Abuja and Happiness Ali, a Student of the Nigeria Film Institute, Jos, who donated food and beautiful clothes.
Scattered across the town of Riyom, headquarters of Riyom LGA of Plateau State, are internally displaced persons (IDPs) camps to which villagers across the LGA fled, following attacks launched on their villages by Herdsmen. Life there, they say, is not life. Life in the IDP Camp is as pitiable as it can get. Kitchen for the IDPs is any available open space away from the four walls of the class or hall where stones are arranged in threes on which smoke-darkened pots are placed over burning firewood.
No fewer than 325,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are taking refuge in various camps in Plateau State, according to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). The Internally Displaced Persons in Riyom, numbering over 142, live in some shops and open space. Most of them do not have homes to go back to, because their homes were razed down by Killer Herdsmen or what has become popularly known as UNKNOWN GUNMEN. Many of the children in the camp have lost their parents and are just there as orphans.