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PIC.3. INTERNALLY DISPLACED PERSONS (IDPS) CHILDREN QUEUE FOR ENROLLMENT INTO PRIMARY SCHOOL AT DAMARE CAMP, IN YOLA ON THURSDAY'(6/11/14). 5577/6/11/14/YMU/AIN/HF/NAN

Boko Haram: Borno public schools reopen after one year closure

Over 2,500 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and families  currently accommodated  in  public schools in Maiduguri are to be relocated  to a new camp  to enable the reopening of schools shut down over a year ago following incessant attack by  the Boko Haram fundamentalist sect.

The new camp is sponsored  by  the   United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in partnership with  the Borno state government.

It   is expected  to be completed within two weeks.

The UNHCR Field/Protection Officer in Borno state, Mohammed Tejan-Cole, said at the  launch of the new camp structure in Maiduguri  that the camp will  have   toilets, boreholes and  health facility.

He said: “After this high powered committee of the Borno State government has completed its relocation and resettlement strategies of IDPs living in public schools, the Bakasi camp was extended for the construction of 2, 500 family shelters.

“In the first phase, 1,250 shelter units are to be built by local engineers on ground, while the remaining 1,250 are to be completed during the second phase of massive relocations and re-settlements of these displaced persons currently living in some of the secondary and primary schools in Maiduguri.

“This committee has been assured that all the displaced persons taking refuge in public schools are to be relocated and resettled in these family shelters to enable government re-open schools this month.”

Also speaking, the UNICEF representative in the state, Dr Franck Ndaie,  said steps have being taken to forestall  all forms of diseases in the camp.

“With the relocations of displaced persons in primary and secondary schools camps of Maiduguri, UNICEF is to build 150 toilets, sinking of boreholes and the provision of health care centres, including the security of IDPs. Each block of the family shelter units will also have 28 classrooms, so that children of IDPs return to school this month.”

 

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