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When Nigerian businessman Garba Buzu noticed a significant increase in the number of children begging and foraging for food on the streets of Maiduguri, capital of Borno state in northeast Nigeria, he knew he had to act. Maiduguri has been inundated in the past three years by people fleeing their homes and Boko Haram militants, sending the city's population surging to 2 million from about 600,000 and putting pressure on infrastructure for housing, health, food and water supplies. There are 22 government-recognized displaced people's camps within Maiduguri, according to local officials.Ayuba Mohammad, a leader in the camp who has lived there for two years, said it was not as easy as it sounded to be allowed into Buzu Quarters – as the estate owned by Buzu is now known.At present, Buzu Quarters has 2,000 two-bedroom bungalows and hosts 1,200 households.Over 300 households in Buzu Quarters are receiving microgardening support and 170 households have been selected for income-generation activities under a project funded by the United States government through the U.S. Agency for International Development.
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