IOM’s urgent appeal amid Chad Basin refugee crisis

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LAGOS, (CAJ News) – THE International Office of Migration (IOM) has  appealed to donors to address the humanitarian crisis affecting the Lake Chad Basin, where nearly 3 million have been displaced.

While the terror began in 2009 in Nigeria, the Lake Chad Basin crisis  peaked in 2014 with the Boko Haram insurgency and ensuing military  operations in the region.

Thousands have lost their lives and millions have been displaced across Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria.

According to the Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM), led by the government of Nigeria with the support of IOM, over 2 million people have been internally displaced in Nigeria alone.

It has been described it as among the most underfunded and least addressed humanitarian crises worldwide.

IOM’s appeal for US$ 61 million for the Lake Chad Basin currently faces a $49 million shortfall, according to IOM Regional Director for West and Central Africa, Richard Danziger.

He said a similar situation brewed in Central African Republic, whose crisis has displaced 400 000.

“The upcoming rainy season will exacerbate existing vulnerabilities and further strain already scarce resources in both regions. An immediate response is necessary to provide life-saving humanitarian assistance and  to ensure conditions preserving basic human dignity,” Danziger said.

IOM’s priorities for the Lake Chad Basin include the provision of  life-saving assistance through emergency shelter and distribution of  non-food relief items (NFIs), as well as Camp Coordination and Camp  Management activities.

It aims to target over 300 000 especially vulnerable people, including  sexual and gender-based violence survivors, child-headed households, female-headed households, the elderly, those with disabilities, and those who have suffered psychological traumas.

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