Red Cross begins construction of 3,000 houses for Yobe returnees

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The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has disclosed that the incident that befell its workers in Borno state last year has forced them to slowdown their humanitarian activities in Yobe state.

Head, Damaturu Sub-delegation, Farrukh Khan disclosed this at the breaking of Ramadan fast Saturday, organised by the ICRC to honor communities where it operates withing the state.

Khan said, “the ICRC Damaturu Sub-delegation which is in charge of Yobe state had reduced the number of activities for the past eight months following the unfortunate incident involving two of our colleagues in Borno state last year.

“We will never forget their dedication and commitment to serving their, but we must carry on just as we were told by Hawa’s father.”

Khan further stated that ICRC has commenced the construction of 3,000 houses in Gujba local government area of Yobe state, the biggest ICRC’s shelter project in Nigerian.

“Building 3,000 houses using eco-friendly bricks remains a key project to serve the communities of Gujba LGA.

“395 housing units have been completed. In due course, we shall finalise plans to resume the project which has brought succour to the people of Buni Yadi,” he said.

According to the Head of the Sub delegation, ICRC has continued to support three primary healthcare facilities in Gujba, Kanamma and Gambir with medical supplies and incentives for their health workers.

“In 2018, we supported over 9, 000 returnees in Ngirbuwa, Goniri (Gujba LGA), Gaidam and Kanamma (Yunusari) LGAs with seeds and food items as well as 21 messages containing family news have been delivered to families,” he mentioned.

Farrukh Khan added that ICRC remains committed to its mandate of assisting people affected by armed conflict and other cases of violence.

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