More Babies Expected As Bakassi Refugees Continue to Live In Danger

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Born in the camp...Children of Bakassi refugees are leaving on the edge
Born in the camp…Children of Bakassi refugees are leaving on the edge
Bakassi women suffering and smiling
Bakassi women suffering and smiling
Bakassi women in a group photograph with some of the pregnant women in front row
Bakassi women in a group photograph with some of the pregnant women in front row

No fewer than twenty babies are expected from the pregnant Bakassi returnee women within the refugee camp at Ikot Edem Eyo, in Akpabuyo Local Government Area of Cross River State.

This is even as the medical team approved by the state government to provide primary health care to the pregnant women and children of the displaced persons have disappeared from the camp.

The State government through the State Emergency Management Agencies, SEMA had provided a make shift medical team in the primary school where the Bakassi returnees are housed, but a visit to the camp by CrossRiverWatch revealed that no medical facilities are available within and around the camp leaving the lives of the pregnant women and children at great risk.

Speaking with CrossRiverWatch, one of the very popular refugees who would not like his name on mentioned said the medical team had left since last year, stating that several complaints to the authorities to come to their aid has yielded no result.

He said within the refugee camp, 20 pregnant women are expecting babies, stressing that the environment within which they live is unhealthy making their living condition unbearable.

Our source also decried the level of poverty amongst the refugees who are now finding it very difficult to feed and pay their children school fees.

Repeated efforts to reach officials of SEMA were unsuccessful.

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