"I dream of a country where all men would live in peace and there would be nothing like wars or Boko Haram to break us apart.
I dream of a time when all tribes would speak one language called peace.
And there is equality for all."
-Victor Igiri, Nigerian Poet
To ensure a well-managed distribution of non-food items (NFIs), IOM first conducts a head count with the assistance of local authorities. Vouchers are then handed methodically to heads of households, which facilitates a smooth and orderly disbursement of items.
IOM is reinforcing its response and coordination capacities in Nigeria to address the escalating humanitarian needs.
However, significantly more financial support is needed to continue to provide shelter, displacement tracking and bio-metric registration,camp management and psycho-social help for people affected by the crisis.
Atai’s story is similar to thousands of families who have been impacted. Uprooted from their homes and displaced without shelter, makeshift homes have sprung up in available spaces both in camps and communities.
In more extreme cases, families cannot even scavenge sufficient materials for makeshift shelter. People also sought shelter in public and unfinished buildings, including schools. As a direct result of the crisis, education for most of Borno state’s children has stalled. In late 2015 when the Borno state government asked IDPs to vacate schools, the humanitarian community rallied behind a planned,voluntary and dignified relocation so that education could resume.
The conflict affected population and survivors of Boko Haram attacks can suffer from several forms of psychosocial distress, which are amplified by displacement. The impact on children is very apparent in children’s drawings, which often depict weapons, militants and lost loved ones.
Education and capacity-building of families and relevant authorities on psychological first aid, so they can support their own, is an important part of the work.With the strain of protracted displacement, and with continued new displacements including people escaping from Boko Haram strongholds, the need for psychosocial support will not diminish in the near future.
Like countless others, Al-Haji Mustapha left his home with his family 19 months ago where he was a farmer and businessman.
“As a family man, I miss being able to address the various needs of my large family. Despite this, I have little incentive to return to Ngala, as my home, crops and shop have been burned to the ground”.