1.5 million people in Nigeria have been forced to flee their homes because of internal conflict, but are unable to flee the country. These refugees, otherwise known as internally displaced persons (IDPs), are living in camps within their state of Nigeria. 68 percent of IDP’s are children within the camps due to the amount of sexual exploitation.
IRIS staff and YES alumni saw the need for assistance within these camps and organized donation programs to take to the camps. Aid through therapy, education, food, clothes, anti-malarial drugs, hygiene materials and even soccer balls were distributed to hundreds of men, women and children in the camps.