Community Project (Internally Displaced Persons (IDP))
Objective: The Oxford and Cambridge Club of Nigeria shall support community based projects with special focus on Internally Displaced Persons (IDP)
ExCo Sponsors: Ms Uju Idigo/Ms Nkiru Asika
As communicated by the President of the Club at this year’s AGM, the Club is looking to ramp up our community development activities and engage more closely with the broader society around us.
As a first step, we have chosen to reach out to organisations working with Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), individuals who have been forced from their homes as a result of the instability and unrest in the north of Nigeria. It is estimated that there are around 2.4 million displaced people in Nigeria and this figure does not capture people who have fled to Lagos and other Southern cities. With numerous attacks taking place in communities in Anambra and Enugu states by herdsmen, the crisis is likely to worsen over the coming months.
We have identified Sesor, an organisation working to support survivors of emergencies in Nigeria, with particular focus on those affected by Boko Haram attacks. As part of her visit to Nigeria, Ms. Diane Abbott, who delivered this year’s Spring Lecture, met with members of the board of the Sesor as well as representatives of the IDPs for whom they advocate.