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1.3m IDPs In Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Gombe, Taraba –IOM

Posted: Jul 10, 2015 at 9:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Emmanuel Udom – Lagos 


International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in conjunction with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has reported that 1,385,298 persons have so far been displaced as a result of insurgency and communal clashes in North Eastern states of Nigeria.

This was contained in its report on Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) for the second quarter of 2015, ending in June.

The affected states are Borno, Yobe, Adamawa Gombe and Taraba.

Senior Information Officer for IOM, Sani Datti, stated that from the reports, Borno State has the highest number of internally displaced persons (IDPs), which is put at 1,002,688, followed by Yobe with 125,484, Adamawa with 113,437, Bauchi with 76,504, Gombe with 16,984 and Taraba with 20,501 displaced persons.

However, “there was slight decrease in the number of IDPs compared to the last report released in April 2015, due to movement  of returnees observed on the ground, most especially in Adamawa State where the IDP population has decreased,” he said.

According to the report, 92 per cent of IDPs live with host communities while 8 per cent live in camps or camp-like sites. The survey further shows that 52 per cent of the IDP populations are female while 48 per cent are male.

Children of less than 18 constitute 56 per cent of the IDP population and more than half of them are five years old or younger.

The report highlighted that, 95 per cent of the displacement was due to the insurgency while 5 per cent as smaller number was forced to leave their place of origin because of communal clashes.

Regarding needs and assistance-received assessment, majority of the internally displaced persons mentioned food as their primary need while others mentioned shelter and employment.

However, majority declared that they have either received food

and non-food items or shelter assistance and small numbers have also indicated they have never received.

Vast majority expressed desire to return to their places of origin but security was the main condition and improvement of economic condition of their areas.

The Displacement Tracking Matrix program is being carried out to support the Nigerian authorities and the humanitarian partners on the ground to undertake IDP assessments in a unified and systematised manner with the objective of establishing a comprehensive profile of the IDP population and advising the humanitarian response.