Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Terrorism And Insurgency: France, IOM Launch Project for IDPs in Nigeria

The Embassy of France in Nigeria and International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has launched a project aimed at strengthening access to justice services for people displaced by the Boko Haram conflict living in camps and host communities in Maiduguri, Borno State.

IOM’s Nigeria Chief of Mission, Enira Krdzalic, explained in a press statement yesterday that the project was designed to contribute to improving living conditions and protection through the provision of legal information and awareness campaigns to expand the community’s knowledge on accessing justice.

“Advocacy visits to traditional rulers and persons of influence in host communities will be carried out, as well as training of selected community members as paralegals in order to build a protection environment conducive to finding durable solutions to human rights violations. Camp managers and other key stakeholders will be also trained on access to justice for the internally displaced,” Krdzalic said.
“IOM will work on the 9-month project in close collaboration with the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA),” she added.

French Ambassador to Nigeria, Denys Gauer, affirmed the French government’s the commitment to promote human rights of the affected population in the region.
“You are doing a great job in delivering humanitarian assistance to the IDPs and our government is happy to continue this cooperation with IOM,” he said, adding,

“Humanitarian response in the northeast is improving. But there is still more to be done.
According to him, France has also supported IOM Nigeria’s psychosocial support programme since late 2014, which has helped over 21, 565 people affected by the conflict in the northeast of the count since late 2014.

Culled from: National Mirror

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