• Simultaneous attacks in the two villages of Far North region displaced some 2,000 people in Mayo Tsanaga department. While the precarious security situation has not allowed an inter-agency assessment to take place, a rapid assessment by an NGO identified the priority needs as Shelter and WASH.
• 93 schools in Far North region remain closed due to security reasons, while 31 schools that were previously closed reopened with the start of the new school year. UNICEF is supporting children who are not enrolled in the formal education system through the Radio Education Program.
• With the completion of 5,867 latrines equipped with handwashing material in Logone and Chari, and Mayo Tsanaga departments, 31,445 inhabitants including over 16,500 IDPs gained access to basic sanitation as part of the implementation of Community Led Total Sanitation.
Situation Overview & Humanitarian Needs
Impact of the Lake Chad Basin Crisis: Simultaneous attacks by armed groups in the villages of Guistnade and Babangola in Mayo Tsanaga department displaced some 2,000 residents to Hitawa village in the same department. Looting and burning of these villages were reported. While the precarious security situation has not allowed the inter-sector assessment, a rapid assessment conducted by an NGO INTERSOS identified their priority needs as Shelter and WASH. UNICEF preparations to provide an assistance in WASH and Nutrition in collaboration with the local authorities is ongoing. Over 800 people were also displaced by the flood in Zina, Logone and Chari department. A mission by the Directorate of Civil Protection from Yaounde accompanied by OCHA Maroua took place on September 29 to assess the situation.
UNICEF continues to coordinate the multi-sectoral response for the ex-hostages of Boko Haram in Mozogo, while the response in Kolofata is also ongoing in the areas of Nutrition and Child Protection. The previously reported initiative by the government to relocate some 12,500 IDPs in Kolofata into one site has started in September and some 2,500 IDPs have been relocated to this site so far. The authorities are also discussing to relocate the ex-hostages of Mozogo in a similar manner. UNICEF will monitor the situation closely and work with the protection actors to ensure that the rights of the IDPs and ex-hostages are respected.
Impact of the CAR crisis: For 6,885 new refugees in Touboro, North region, who fled the violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) in July, UNICEF is collaborating with UNHCR to provide assistance in WASH (WASH kits) and Health (vaccination and mosquito nets) as a response. As there is no UNICEF partner present in this area, UNICEF will provide the items, while the distribution and vaccination campaign will be implemented by the UNHCR partners and the Ministry of Health.