Many refugees have already lost someone and/or left a dear one behind. There are situations in which in rush to escape the villages before the marauding bands of soldiers arrive and unleash the terror. For those successfully making through to Nigeria, what is not said is the fact that the communities that have suddenly been overwhelmed by refugees are ill-equipped to handle these large numbers. For instance, there’s neither shelter, food supplies, nor adequate clean water. Basic facilities like toilets are nonexistent in some communities. This is forcing refugees to use bushes as restrooms. The consequence of this is that the fecal matter is ending up in the streams where the refugees are going to get drinking water. A consequence of this outbreaks of cholera and dysentery making their dire circumstances nearly unbearable.

This situation is worsened by the lack of medical facilities and supplies. As the rains have now arrived, only God alone knows what’s become of those who were sleeping in the open spaces.

The stories of families that barely escaped before their houses were burnt to the ground by the Cameroon soldiers are heartrending. The UN is yet to visit all the communities and the Red Cross is barely making it through with refugees that have gone to the urban areas.

You can do something about this. Step up and contribute towards basic necessities for these destitute people whose lives have been torn beyond imagination.

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