Saturday, 26 January 2019

1.9m Persons Currently Displaced In Northeast Nigeria – UNHCR

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has said that about 1.9 million persons are currently displaced in the northeast.

This was revealed by the representative of the UNHCR in Nigeria, Antonio Jose Canhandula, at a pre-conference press briefing on the second regional protection dialogue on the Lake Chad basin in Abuja. 

Candandula stated that normally, people are not supposed to be in the camps due to insecurities but the menace of Boko Haram in the northeast especially in Yobe, Borno and Adamawa States has forced human beings to relocate to camps for safety. He further explained that the protection dialogue billed for next week is aimed at providing durable and lasting solutions instead of just handing out temporary relief and solutions to the IDPs.

Also speaking at the function, the Minister of Interior, who was represented by the permanent secretary of the ministry, Mohammed Bello Umar, said the first dialogue was held in June, 2016, which “was to identify the protection risk in the region resulting from conflict-induced crisis, with a view to proffering solutions to them; as well as ensuring the voluntary return of some Nigerian Refugees in Cameroon.

Culled from: Leadership 

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