Resurgence Of Boko Haram Attacks On States And Communities In The Northeast Has Led To An Upsurge In Number Of Internally Displaced Persons
International Office of Migration (IOM) has said over 2.1million people, or approximately 300,000 households are now internally displaced in northern Nigeria.
It said in a statement released weekend that the figure was arrived at using its Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) adding that the recent upsurge in attacks by Boko Haram insurgents triggered the increase.
According to IOM, the DTM report tracks displaced populations in the six northeastern states covered in the previous four rounds of the DTM – Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe. It also covers Nassarawa
State and the Federal Capital Territory of Abuja in the north central part of the country.
IOM said that the increase in the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs), from the 1.3 million recorded in the June DTM report, can be attributed to the intensification of attacks carried-out by the insurgents, as well as to improved access to previously inaccessible areas of Borno State, where the IDP population is now well over 1.6 million.
The report also reveals that the majority of the IDPs displaced by insurgency now live in host communities, while the remainder lives in camps or camp-like sites. Major needs listed by the IDPs include food (58 per cent), shelter (13 per cent) and non-food relief items (7 per cent). Quoting IOM’s Nigeria Chief of Mission Enira Krdzalic, the report states: “Many IDPs, especially in host communities, have yet to receive basic items, including food and shelter.
It is very important for the authorities and humanitarian partners to speed up the delivery of adequate assistance to these people.” IOM said that is has, Since October 2014, been implementing the DTM program in close collaboration with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and the Nigerian Red Cross Society (NRCS).
According to the report, the process includes assessment at local government level and site assessments, as well as registration in camps and host communities. It said the DTM was extended from the northeast to other States in the north central and northwest parts of the country at the request of NEMA.
– Our Reporter