At least 8 people were killed and 50 injured in two suicide attacks which occured in Guité and Mitériné on the shores of lake Chad, in Hadjer-Lamis region.
Some 56,000 IDPs have been newly identified on 22 which recently became accessible in the north of Lac region of Chad (Liwa and Daboua subprefectures), according to the findings of a multisector assessment which took place on 14-18 January.
Urgent multisectoral assistance is needed for these particularly vulnerable displaced people who have not received any aid since the beginning of the crisis, particularly in five sites where the needs are considered to be most urgent.
The humanitarian response to internally displaced people in the south of Lac region is ongoing, notably food distributions, nutrition and medical care.
The climate of insecurity continues to prevail along the shores of Lake Chad, and extends beyond the Lac region where a state of emergency has been declared, with two attacks on 31 January 2016 in the villages of Guité and Mitériné(Hadjer-Lamis region), which killed 8 people and injured some fifty others. The first suicide attack was perpetrated in the morning by a man who blew himself up at the entrance of Guité local market (120 km north of N’Djamena). The second, which occurred just a moment later in Mitériné (7km from Guité), was carried out by two kamikaze teenagers who blew themselves up near a mosque.
Despite security concerns, the humanitarian community is continuing its efforts to broaden the area of access to provide assistance to affected populations in remote areas in the north of the Lac region, which were inaccessible since June 2015 for security reasons. Over 56,639 newly internally displaced people have now been identified in the sub-prefectures of Daboua and Liwa, during a multisector assessment from 14-18 January.
These 56,639 newly displaced people are located on 22 sites, among which twelve sites are in the sub prefecture of Daboua, hosting 36,397 IDPs (64%), and ten sites are in the sub prefecture of Liwa, hosting 20,242 displaced (36%). Most of them arrived in November 2015 from the islands near the Niger border (including Kaiga, Kindjiria, Bogorkolia, Nguederom and Garna), and were displaced following the request of local authorities prior to military operations. Others were displaced in June and July 2015, following attacks by armed groups and in the context of the first large-scale military operations on Chadian soil. Some have been subjected to multiple displacements due to the volatility of the situation.
Two new departments have been created: Kaya (composed of the Ngouboua and Baga-Sola subprefectures) and Fouli (composed of Liwa, Daboua, and Kaiga subprefectures). These sub-prefectures were formerly included in the department of Mamdi, which now only has two sub-prefectures (Bol and Kangalom). The department of Kaya has received a donation- a vehicle and office furniture - from the Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
Needs and Humanitarian Response
Efforts are ongoing to meet the humanitarian needs of the displaced in the southern part of the Lac region. However, the humanitarian community is now concerned about the humanitarian situation of the estimated 56,000 newly displaced recently identified on 22 sites in the subprefectures of Liwa and Daboua.
In this area, multisector needs are reported (food security, health, nutrition, WASH, protection, Shelter / NFI/ CCCM, education), with different degrees of gravity on each site. These IDPs have received almost no assistance to date as the security situation since June 2015 rendered the area inaccessible.
Emergency assistance is needed on five sites identified as priorities based on the importance of the needs assessed and the size of the displaced population being hosted. These sites are: Magui (8,982 displaced), Bourora (9,000), Amma (4,000), Dilerom (1,677), and Digou 1 2 and 3(6,000). Five other sites also have significant needs in all sectors but not as urgent. These sites are: Tataverom (7,000 IDPs), Chebrey (3,000), Ndjalia (460), Ngarana (820), Kadoulou (2,000). Other sites display non-urgent humanitarian needs (their situation is acceptable).
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