Bishop Stephen Dami Mamza of the Catholic Diocese of Yola in conjunction with an international committee (name withheld) facilitated the reunion of two internally displaced persons (IDPs) with their loved ones.
This was disclosed by the Bishop while bidding farewell to the IDPs, Mrs Victoria Achebu from Cross Rivers and Mrs Kuburah from Abeokuta Ogun State. This took place at the Saint Theresa’s IDP Camp today Monday, 23 November. The IDPs who managed to escape from their abductors, the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents, were brought to the camp by the members of this international agency.
Bishop Dami Mamza pointed out that the abduction of the victims affected them psychologically. “Nobody initially knew where they came from which made other camps to reject them but the church took them and gave them shelter for the past four years. And the church had to place them on medication and counselling to stabilize them” the Bishop added.
The cleric further reveals that a delegation was later sent to find out about their immediate families and expressed joy that two out of them will be reunited with their relatives. He reiterated the commitment of the church in supporting them in future adding that the camp will keep in touch with them and their families.
Responding, Victoria Achebu, one of the displaced persons set to be reunited with her family, said she was excited to re-join with her family particularly her only brother and thanked Bishop Stephen Dami Mamza for taking care of them for this number of years.
A token of fifty thousand naira each was given to Victoria and Kuburah by Bishop Dami Mamza.