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SEMA organises circumcision ceremony for 50 internally displaced children in Yobe


Damaturu -The Yobe State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) said it has concluded arrangements to get 50 internally displaced children circumcised at the Pompomari Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Damaturu.

The Executive Secretary of the Agency, Alhaji Musa Idi, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Damaturu.

Idi said that the 50 children would be circumcised and celebrated with cultural fanfare.

He explained that a date would soon be fixed for the event, noting that some of the children were orphans who lost their parents to the Boko Haram insurgency, while some others were living with their parents at the camp.

He said “the children are at the Pompomari Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Damaturu; the Agency organised the circumcision ceremony to uplift their physical and psychological spirits.

“The Agency has met with their parents and community leaders and they all have agreed to jointly undertake the circumcision exercise and to celebrate the children together in the camp.

“Medical personnel at the camp clinic and circumcision experts have been mobilised for this very important event in the lives of the children.

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“Every child circumcised has a special food package with full chiken to himself according to tradition here, signifying the children’s transition from one stage of life to another.’’

The executive secretary added that SEMA, in conjunction with the state’s resettlement committee led by the Deputy Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Aliyu, provided 9,000 blankets to the IDPs for use during the harmattan.

He said “we have also distributed 1,700 bags of millet, 450 bags of rice, 500 bags of maize and 450 cartons of indomie noodles to the IDPs.

“The beneficiaries are from Goniri, Ngirbuwa, Gotala, Gotumba, Gofiri, Shehuri Toro, Muktum, Bulturum Kura, Bulturum Gana, Mandunari and Dadingel communities.

“Government is also constructing boreholes, tents for shelter and classrooms, as well as toilets at Kukareta to improve the welfare of the displaced persons taking refuge in the village,” he said. (NAN)

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