Friday, November 4, 2016

Displacement in Nigeria

Since the start of the conflict in 2009, more than 20,000 people have been killed, countless women and girls abducted and children drafted as suicide bombers into Boko Haram. Up to 2.5 million people fled their homes, 2.2 million of whom are internally displaced and 187,126 crossed into neighbouring countries of Cameroon, Chad and Niger.

Boko Haram stronghold is the North; anyone not complying with their very violent, inhumane view of the Koran is at risks. Whether they are of muslim faith or not.

According to the Internal displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) estimates that there are almost 2,152,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) in Nigeria as of 31 December 2015. It is hard to determine exact paths of displacement but there has been a doubling of the population in certain areas from the influx of displaced persons from the north east where violence is ripe. Maiduguri,  in Borno state, an already deprived area is currently facing difficulties providing for the influx of IPDs. IDP camps have been set up there to receive victims of conflict.

Fig. 2 Paths of displacement

Whilst international attention has tended to focus on Boko Haram’s brutality, inter-communal conflicts, flooding, desertification and forced evictions have also caused significant internal displacement.

Although insufficient, both the Nigerian authorities and the international community have focused disproportionately on north-east Nigeria. This leaves other already deprived areas  in the south to fend for themselves. From projects on ground we receive reports of incredible hikes in food prices and fluctuating currency that makes it hard to budget.

The situation in Nigeria is difficult and ever changing,  what is important is to remember that when the cameras are turned off people stay behind.  We at ripples do what we can, we know it can never be enough but we try to do our bit for Nigeria.

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Thank you!

Jellen Olivares

Ripples Foundation Web Developer

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