In August, 5,840 individuals arrived in DIP camps or host communities and 2,164 people departed camps or communities across various locations in Borno and Adamawa states. The highest number of arrivals were recorded in Mobbar LGA (1,981 individuals), Gwoza (616), Monguno (598), Bama (415), Askira/Uba (324) and Ngala (221).
Following a fire incident in Ngala IS camp, SEMA, in collaboration with CCCM partners, started relocating IDPs to Zulum camp with the aim to decongest IS camp. The government also communicated to CCCM partners its intention to return some IDPs to nearby villages of Ngala.
Additionally, CCCM partners conducted three assessments – in Magumeri LGA, Gongulong and Kessa Kura (Jere LGA) and Bolori II ward (MMC) – to identifying infrastructural gaps on site and activate advocacy and referral mechanisms for rapid response and interventions. These locations have been a priority to the Sector, Government counterparts (NEMA/SEMA) and operational partners who are coordinating a swift response to rising needs due to recent influxes of IDPs.
Sector partners also recorded an increased need for Food assistance which was cited as priority need for 72,064 households (HH) in comparison to 67,328 HH in July. Shelter reinforcement kits were mentioned by 41,362 HH and NFI Kits by 150,838 HH in August, which is a decrease in needs compared to July when 47,095 HH mentioned shelter kits and 160,565 HH NFI kits, as reported by the CCCM partners across Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states.
Sector partners mobilized resources to respond to the need for shelter reinforcement kits and released stockpiled material for 974 HH. Operational partners swiftly responded to needs in Magumeri LGA and Gongulong and Kessa Kure in Jere LGA and provided basic lifesaving services. CCCM partners continue to undertake Risk Communication and Community Mobilization actions to complement regular camp management awareness-rai activities through small groups sessions or at household level to sensitize affected population to COVID-19 preventive measures, following WHO/NCDC guidelines. CCCM partners are also working in collaboration with health partners and other stakeholders to address issues around surveillance and border monitoring. The porous nature of the camps, especially the informal sites with no perimeter wall or demarcated entry and exit points, remain hindering factors to the COVID-19 response. The Sector and partners, alongside government counterparts, continue to scale up coordination in camps and camp-like settings. The CCCM Sector continues to work closely with the Protection Sector as well as partners on sites and local authorities to ensure community mobilization, sensitization, and implementation of complaints and feedback mechanism.
Congestion has been the Sector’s main priority since the beginning of the year. Progress has been made towards securing adequate land to ensure a proper decongestion of highly congested camps. This aims to enhance a more standard CCCM intervention, foster adequate communication and generate a positive impact to the hygiene and environmental health campaigns on sites. The sector will continue to scale up its land allocation advocacy and the pace to implement the approved decongestion strategy by the Government. The Sector and partners will embark on a rigorous community mobilization and sensitization to assess perceptions, understand potential fears and expectations around the decongestion process, and to foster greater ownership by local authorities and their close coordination and guidance.
Measures taken to reinforce CCCM activities in camps and camp-like settings have positively impacted aid delivery such as more dignified and improved lives for the affected populations.
The Sector will continue to follow up and coordinate the response to damages incurred by heavy rainfalls and floods during the rainy season while strongly advocating for shelter interventions to respond to new influxes of IDPs. The urgency of identifying land to be allocated for camp decongestion across Borno State will be stressed on.