Margee Ensign

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Internally displaced people wait to collect food during a distribution event run by the American University of Nigeria through the Adamawa Peace Initiative in Yola, Nigeria, on March 1. (Skyler Reid/Agence France-Presse via Getty Images)

“Raise your hands if you spent the night here,” Bishop Stephen Dami Mamza said to the thousands of Ni­ger­ian women packed into St. Theresa’s Cathedral waiting for food to be distributed. All but a few raised their hands. Neither the women nor the thousands of listless children in their arms had eaten in more than 24 hours. Their faces were etched with hunger and despair.

These women and children are internally displaced people (IDP), refugees from elsewhere in northeastern Nigeria. Close to 400,000 of them have come to our city of Yola, doubling the population in six months. Each woman likely represents a household of 20 to 30 people, so together with Bishop Mamza and the diocese, we had purchased food for 120,000.…  Seguir leyendo »