Humanitarian Response: Protection
The protection environment in the NWSW continued to deteriorate in August due to increasing insecurity with attacks on humanitarian workers, frequent clashes between NSAGs and government security forces as well as destruction of properties, killing and threats against the civilian population. In addition, the poor road network after heavy rains is making humanitarian access more difficult as the rainy season gets to its peak. 80 flash alerts (60 in the NW and 20 in the SW) and other significant incidents were reported in August, including homicides on civilians leaving community members in high protection risks and daily fear.
In August 2020, 579 protection incidents were recorded through the UNHCR and INTERSOS protection monitoring project in the NWSW regions. It should be noted that the incident reports collected each month refer to incidents which have happened at any time since the crisis began and are not indicative of any protection trends.
184,627 individuals benefited from various protection responses in August, including protection monitoring conducted by DRC, INTERSOS and IRC. UNHCR and its partner Libra Law Office (LLO) assisted several cases with legal protection needs including support to obtain identity and civil status documentation, legal counselling and sensitization on the rights and responsibilities of stakeholders. Among those assisted with protection services 79 percent were women and girls, while 30 percent were children and 26 percent were 60-year-old and above. During the reporting period, 198 persons benefited from legal assistance (detention, civil status documents, legal GBV response), 161 women and girls with specific needs were supported by activities aiming to restore and sustain their dignity, including with cash assistances. 44 survivors benefited from psychosocial support while various advocacy actions were undertaken in the field.
About 40 humanitarian workers were trained on human rights/protection thematic areas and mainstreaming of protection while 2,327 persons were reached through sensitization and awareness raising on numerous themes including legal issues, social cohesion, GBV key concepts, protection and humanitarian principles, COVID-19 prevention and protective measures.