By Basil K Mbuye
The Nsioh Nkioh Charity Association, NNCA, has inspired hope in internally displaced women and children who feature great challenges in the Southwest region as a result of the ongoing Anglophone Crisis.
Some 100 internally displaced women and children based in Buea from the region received hygiene kits, food and toiletries from the NNCA on Thursday, July 25, at the Dirty South neighbourhood in Molyko-Buea.
Going by the founder of NsiohNkioh Charity Association, Nsioh Elvis Nkioh, the second edition of “Supporting the Less Privilege Internally Displaced Persons” had to target women and children “since they happened to be the most vulnerable of all internally displaced persons, IDPs.
Hear him: “We have noticed that they are so many IDPs in the Dirty South neighbourhood who are suffering. It was also an avenue to create awareness as we had to move from door to door registering more than 100 IDPs. People don’t know that the neighbourhood has so many of them. The event was also aimed at sensitizing the public on the treatments of these IDPs among others.”
On her part, Mabo Joy and IDP from Ekona narrated her ordeal that forced her to seek refuge in Buea. While thanking the NNCA for the wonderful gesture, she also pointed out challenges like high living standards, difficulties for her children to go to school amongst others.
“It has not been easy living in Buea since we left Ekona. We find it difficult to eat, we can’t afford the children’s school fees among others. I am so much moved by what I have seen here today done by these young Cameroonians. With the gifts received from them today, it will sustain us for some time,” Mabo said.
The Dirty South students’ area since the beginning of the Anglophone Crisis some three years ago has received a good number of IDPs. To Lienja Augustine Elinge, a resident of Dirty South, the IDPs have been received warmly by the population as they continue to share the little they have with them while praying for peace to return.
The Internally displaced women and children took home sanitary pads, buckets, rice, Savon among others. The gesture was the second of its kind after the association did same in December 2018 at the Presbyterian Church La Foret with IDPs based in Bonaberi-Douala benefiting.