Written by Ismaila JIMOH

IDPs: Heritage academy holds fund raising

As part of efforts to raise funds to cater for the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, Heritage Academy, FCT, has organized its maiden music concert. 

The concert tagged; “Remembering the Oppressed,” saw the pupils rendering various song presentations, depicting the suffering of people during the slave trade era, the Jewish holocaust, the Rwanda genocide and current IDPs in Nigeria. 

At the occasion, the special guest of honour and former minister of information and culture, Professor Jerry Gana, stated that the lesson in the concert was how children can use music, sound and dance to draw the attention of people to the reality around them. 

He said, “the reality of the displaced persons and the reality of all that suffered all kinds of indignities in the past, these children have done very well, this is a good concert”. 

The director of the academy, Mrs. Oge Neliaku, said the school is building in the children a heart to value human lives and people who will make decisions that will turn out for the good of the people. 

“Again, we should try to identify with the way IDPs are hurting” Niliaku stressed. 

The country director, Mercy Corps, a non-governmental organisation, focused alleviating the sufferings of displaced persons, Iveta Ouvrey, said funds raised at the concert would help provide food and basic needs for those in the IDPs camps in different parts of the territory. 

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