• Major health partner to scale down operations in Pulka and Gwoza towns, raising concerns over response gaps for over 170,000 vulnerable civilians.
• Over 176,000 people targeted in ongoing food distribution in Pulka, Damboa and Dikwa towns as part of efforts to ameliorate escalating levels of food insecurity during the lean season.
• Civilian safety concerns as non-state armed groups (NSAGs) target farmers in Damboa Local Government Area (LGA), with an unspecified number of civilian commuters abducted along major highways.
• Concerns over increasing reports of gender-based violence (GBV) in high-risk Dikwa LGA where partners have temporarily scaled down presence due to worsening insecurity.
• Only 30 per cent of required funding received for the 2021 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) halfway into the year as partners struggle to sustain critical services.
Over 176,000 people targeted in ongoing food distribution in Pulka, Damboa and Dikwa towns
Food Security Sector (FSS) partners this week ramped up food assistance to vulnerable populations including IDPs, returnees and host communities across Pulka and Damboa towns and also high-risk Dikwa LGA, where an upsurge of violence prompted a temporary reduction of humanitarian footprints since mid-April. More than 176,000 people will receive food items including rice, beans, sorghum, and condiments to last four weeks as part of the distribution. The scale-up is part of efforts by the humanitarian community to mitigate the impacts of alarming levels of food shortages during the lean season, which is directly affecting over 1.2 million people, mostly in Borno State. Humanitarian partners and the government are jointly coordinating through an in-country task force to ensure the delivery of vital food and nutrition supplies to all affected locations including hard-to-reach/high-risk locations where the situation is most dire.
Concerns over increasing reports of GBV in high-risk Dikwa LGA
Protection partners during the week raised concerns over the increasing cases of GBV targeting women and girls across camps and host communities in Dikwa LGA, where an upsurge of NSAG attacks and clashes prompted a temporary reduction of humanitarian footprints since mid-April. Community protection volunteers sustaining critical services in the LGA have in recent weeks reported a surge in protection issues, some of which require technical follow-up. Protection partners advocating for UNHAS flights (which have also been suspended since April to the location) to facilitate missions of technical staff to follow up on reported cases in the LGA. OCHA is engaging with different stakeholders to provide guidance on the next steps as the security situation in Dikwa LGA remains fluid with occasional reports of armed clashes.
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