Former Nigeria skipper Jay Jay Okocha has proven that his heart is cemented with gold. To raise money for  those at the internally-displaced persons’ camp in northern Nigeria, he had to play football with them.

The camps are drenched in deprivation and death. The worst hit occupants of the camps are children, who are dying daily from acute malnutrition. It is unfortunate that the IDPs, having been rescued from the clutches of Boko Haram, are now wallowing in deprivation. Images of gaunt, hungry children bear a haunting semblance of those recorded during the humanitarian tragedy that claimed 258,000 lives – about half of them children – in Somalia in 2011.

Thank God for people like Jay Jay who is stepping out to ensure that the people living in those camps are saved and rehabilitated.