Nigeria: Civil unrest DREF operation n° MDRNG009

Situation Report
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GLIDE n° OT-2011-000046-NGA

The International Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) is a source of un-earmarked money created by the Federation in 1985 to ensure that immediate financial support is available for Red Cross and Red Crescent response to emergencies. The DREF is a vital part of the International Federation's disaster response system and increases the ability of national societies to respond to disasters.

CHF 246,829 has been allocated from the Federation’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Nigeria Red Cross Society (NRCS) in delivering immediate assistance to some 7,500 beneficiaries most vulnerable and conduct in-depth assessment. Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.

Summary: Violent protests in the northern part of Nigeria following the 16 April 2011 presidential poll have led to the death of hundreds of people with thousands injured while property including buildings and vehicles were damaged. Thousands of internally displaced persons including women and children are now temporarily sheltered in police and military barracks as well as in homes of traditional chiefs even after security operatives have brought the situation under control. Many of the IDPs could not return to their homes for fear of other attacks while many others have nowhere to return to as their houses have been destroyed by the protesters. The Nigerian Red Cross Society (NRCS) through its teams of volunteers in the affected state branches has been assisting the affected persons with first aid services, evacuation and distribution of some basic food and non food relief materials. To further scale up its humanitarian assistance to the affected communities, the NRCS with technical support from the West Coast Regional Representation of the International Federation has developed a plan of action to assist additional 1,500 most affected vulnerable families with non-food basic relief items like blankets, tarpaulins, water purification items, shelter kits, mosquito nets among others in the most affected states of Bauchi, Kaduna and Gombe. The planned intervention will be supported by the International Federation through its DREF and the deployment of NDRT members whose presence are also expected to enhance the capacity of the affected branches of the National Society in emergency relief activities, especially in assessment.
This operation is expected to be implemented over 3 months, and will therefore be completed by 5 August 2011. A Final Report will be made available three months after the end of the operation (31 August 2011).