Boko Haram: About 2.5m IDPs to benefit from IOM’s intervention

The International Organisation for Migration, IOM, is working with its partners to help the Nigerian government support 2.4 million people in the country’s northeastern states displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency.

Through its Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM), IOM is also 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.

Speaking at a Workshop by the IOM in Abuja, the Country’s Representative, Emira Krdzalic said in the worst-affected state of Borno, IOM teams were currently working in 15 previously inaccessible local government areas (LGAs) and 86 wards and hoped to access other badly affected areas.

He said: “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 Program.

“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.”

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