IDPs Tell Their Sad Stories, Still Don’t Feel Boko Haram Is ‘Defeated’ (PHOTOS/VIDEO)

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As the world marks the beginning of the new year on Friday, January 1, 2016,  was at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp in New Kuchingoro, Abuja, to see how they celebrated the new year in their new environment.

Mood around the IDP camp

Rather unhappy mood around some parts of the IDP camp

A young man, who simply gave his name as Kumbo Bukar, revealed to  that he was not certain on the whereabouts of his biological father who ran for safety during the Boko Haram attacks in his community in Gwoza, Borno state.

Children at the Kuchigoro camp.

Some of these children do not know the whereabouts of their parents

Recounting his experience, the 28-year-old noted that the they had been surviving in the camp through the help of good-spirited Nigerians and organizations who bring food items and other household items to them on a regular basis.

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He said: “I do not know if my father is alive right, he also does not know my where about. Most of us here have lost our relations to the insurgency. I want President Muhammadu Buhari to fulfill the promise he made to us that by December 2015, he will stop the Boko Haram so that we can return back to our villages because it is not our wish to be here.”

Children singing.

Children singing a popular song on prayer

The childeren playing around a 'Merry Christmas' customised tyre

The children, in a ‘cheese pose’ for a snap shot, even as they played around a ‘Merry Christmas’ customized motor tyre

The chairman of the camp, Philemon Emmanuel, while expressing appreciation to the government and Nigerian Navy for the donation of food items and a cow to the camp for the new year, noted that they got nothing for the Christmas celebrations.

He said: “We want to thank God for the Nigerian Navy who brought us food items including a cow for the new year because nobody brought us anything for the Christmas celebration.

“I want to thank our Nigerian military, let them try their best to pursue all these Boko Haram insurgents.  If that is done, by God’s grace we are going back to our village,” he added.

Youths distributing the meat donated by the Nigerian Navy

Youths distributing the meat donated by the Nigerian Navy

Youths sharing meat

Youths ensuring equal distribution of the meat

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The women leader, Ladi Mathias, who spoke in her dialect, expressed joy over the donation by the officers and men of the Nigerian Navy. She also prayed that the insurgents would be totally defeated in no distant time.

Women entertaining with songs to celebrate the New Year.

Women expressing their joy in songs to celebrate the New Year

Children playing

Children playing on a locally constructed swing at the camp

Highlights of the day was the visit by some families who brought food items to the IDP camp. Watch the exclusive video report from Naij.com’s visit to the camp:

Meanwhile, the minister for information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said the  given by President Muhammadu Buhari. The minister made this known in Lagos on Wednesday, December 23, 2015.

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