LDS Charities, the humanitarian arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently presented relief materials to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Abuja, Nigeria.
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Edima Oku-Ukpong, stake president (leader of several congregations) from Abuja, represented LDS Charities at the handover of medications, dwelling tents, solar powered street lighting and water pumping equipment to the inhabitants of the camp. The items were received by Mrs. Rachael Alkali, the Deputy Director of the Federal Emergency Management Authority (FEMA), on behalf of the camp.
Oku-Ukpong said “The Church is sympathetic toward the displaced persons and our members pray for them regularly”. He added “the Church is making this donation with the hope it will give residents of the camp significant relief.”
In response, the camp leader Mr. Idriss Ibrahim expressed his appreciation, “This is the first time we are receiving such assistance from a church.” He thanked the Church for setting a good example others can emulate.
Mr. Ibrahim continued, “Your people have helped us often. They came to assist us to weed and clean the environment. May God bless you and reward you abundantly.”
Mrs. Rachael Alkali from FEMA observed that LDS Charities has been associated with the agency in providing relief materials to the distressed public. She said, “I commend your church for providing dwelling tents which comes as a big relief to the displaced persons, as well as the Nigerian Government.”
The IDP camp is inhabited by those people displaced because of insurgency throughout several states in northern Nigeria. The displaced persons, comprised of thousands of children and adults, expressed their gratitude and joy at the donation ceremony.