7m Nigerians facing humanitarian crisis


No fewer than seven million Nigerians are now facing humanitarian crisis, a new report published by the International Organization for Migration, IOM, has shown. Of the figure, 1.9 million people were displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency. Economy The report noted that since the beginning of 2015, the North-East of Nigeria has witnessed an increase in violence conducted by Boko Haram, causing a major humanitarian crisis. It said: “The intensification of attacks, as well as the counter-insurgency activities has resulted in chronic insecurity and violations of human rights and humanitarian standards, exacerbating the plight of vulnerable civilians and triggering waves of forced displacement.” IOM said it was working with its partners to help the Federal Government support some 2.4 million displaced people in the affected states. According to the reports, “there are now seven million people in need of humanitarian assistance in Nigeria, including 1.9 million displaced by the insurgency. “Some 92 per cent of the IDPs are hosted by low-income host communities, bringing already-stretched services and resources under increased pressure.” It, however, called for more donor support, as well as deeper collaboration among humanitarian actors for effective coordination of humanitarian assistance to the affected population. Through its Displacement Tracking Matrix, DTM, the organization is currently conducting assessments of the number of internally displaced persons, IDPs, in the area and their needs to inform the humanitarian response of the government and the international community. The report added: “In the worst-affected state of Borno, IOM teams are currently working in 15 previously inaccessible local government areas, LGAs, and 86 wards and hope to access other badly affected areas. The data emerging clearly shows very high levels of humanitarian need. “According to the most recent DTM report (February 2016), 1,434,149 IDPs have been identified in Borno, out of a total of 2.4 million in the whole area.” “As part of the DTM program, IOM is conducting biometric registration of IDPs in Adamawa and Borno states, as well as in Yobe state, where it is supporting the UN World Food Programme’s Cash Transfer Programme. “As of the end of March 2016, a total of 124,827 individuals – 98,209 in Borno and 26,618 in Yola – have been biometrically registered. The vast majority of IDPs who have been registered live in host communities, where little or no assistance has been provided due to lack of humanitarian access and security concerns,” IOM Nigeria Chief of Mission Enira Krdzalic said: “In support of the National Emergency Management Agency, IOM is systematically collecting data on the humanitarian crisis in northeast Nigeria and neighbouring countries. “The data clearly shows the massive scale of the emergency and urgent humanitarian needs. IOM is working with the government and partners to provide humanitarian assistance to IDPs and other affected populations, but the scale of the problem far exceeds available resources.” In addition to DTM and registration, IOM is providing shelter, camp management, psychosocial support, livelihoods and other services to IDPs and affected populations

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