II. Situation Overview
Following the continued attacks in different parts of Borno and Adamawa states in which over 2,053 persons have been reportedly killed since January 2014, by the insurgent Boko Haram group, thousands of local people have fled their homes to neighbouring states of Gombe, Bauchi, Taraba and the southern parts of Adamawa and Borno states putting more stress on the already strained resources of the host states and communities.
From September 5 – 7, 2014, Madagali, Gulak, Basa and Michka in northern part of Adamawa state were attacked by the insurgents leading to displacement and massive movement of people from neighbouring Local Government Areas (LGAs) such as Mubi and Maiha for fear of being attacked. These attacks led to further displacement of the IDPs from Gwoza and Damboa LGA of Borno State who were already taking refuge in Madagali and Michka LGAs. These communities had earlier suffered series of attacks by the insurgents between August 4- 17 2014.
In response to the IDP influx into Yola metropolis, from the August and September attacks, the Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency (ADSEMA) opened an IDP camp at Children's home Karewa on Sunday 24 August registering 384 IDPs. On September 3, ADSEMA opened an IDP camp at the NYSC orientation camp in Girei LGA to accommodate the increasing number of IDPs. As of September 27, ADSEMA and Red Cross had registered 4,236 IDPs with daily registration of at least 100 IDPs while there is increased influx of IDPs into host communities across Yola, Mubi, Gomi, Fufure, Maiha, Numan, Lamurde, Ngurore and Girei LGAs. As of September 27, OXFAM/CISCOPE had registered 66,792 IDPs living with host communities in Yola North, Girei, Yola South, Gombi and Maiha Local Government Areas (LGAs), while IRC had registered 5,063 and 10.976 IDPs in Mubi South and Mubi North respectively. Registration of IDPs in host communities is on-going.
The State/National Emergency Management Agency (S/NEMA), Nigerian Red Cross, Oxfam/CISCOPE, IRC, Federation of Muslim Women of Nigeria (FOMWAN), Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) are the leading agencies supporting the IDPs in the NYSC camp.
Mubi LGA of Adamawa State is also hosting a large number of IDPs that fled from Gwoza, Askira Uba, Damboa and Chibok LGAs of Borno State and Michka, Madagali and Shua LGAs of Adamawa State, Initially, most of the IDPs were accommodated at the Mubi Emir's palace, mosques and churches. As the number of the displaced grew, informal settlement emerged in four locations in Mubi LGA including: Church of the Brethren (EYN) Gima and COCIN Yelwa.
Humanitarian partners are calling for urgent action to prevent the suffering of the displaced population. The priority needs remain around food, health, protection, water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) activities in host communities.
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