Nigeria: Supporting internally displaced people in Yola

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Insurgency in Northeastern Nigeria

Since 2013, communities in Borno, North East Adamawa and part of Yobe State in Northeastern Nigeria have been under constant attacks by insurgents. As the attackers force their way into towns, hundreds of thousands of people have fled their homes. They trek through hills in order to escape, separated from their families and with no idea where to go.

More than 1.5 million people have been displaced across the region. Many are caught in a constant cycle of displacement: they leave one area for another, only for the new area to come under attack. Families and communities that have taken in internally displaced persons (IDPs) in their homes suddenly become IDPs themselves.

After enduring arduous journeys to escape the insurgency, IDPs find themselves in unknown areas without basic necessities like food and water, and with no means to support themselves and their children. Government camps and generous host communities try to provide for their immediate needs, but IDP numbers are rising faster than communities can accommodate them.

Oxfam's humanitarian response

Since May 2014, Oxfam and local partner Civil Society Coalition for Poverty Eradication (CISCOPE) have been working in 16 locations in Yola, North East Adamawa, to provide much-needed humanitarian relief to displaced people from 41 communities.

•We have provided over 25,000 beneficiaries with 25kg each of rice, beans and maize flour or maize grains, and 10 liters of palm oil.

•20,000 beneficiaries received hygiene and laundry soaps, 10 liter and 20 liter jerry cans, water treatment tablets and mosquito nets.

•Other items distributed include micronutrient powder, blankets, mats, cooking utensils, kettle, baby potties, and sanitary pads.