7,053 births in Borno IDP camps as insecurity displaces 12m in North East
Its Chief of Mission in Nigeria, Fraz Celestine, told reporters in Abuja that no fewer than 12 million people had been displaced in the entire North East region besides some 4.4 million others that are at risk of hunger.
The United Nations agency noted that more persons were migrating due to insecurity, the impact of COVI-19 pandemic, climate change and natural disasters.
“We carry out stability index to see if those displaced can be able to return to their communities of origin, while we provide them with some basic amenities like water, health care, schools and water. This is in line with our work of preparedness, response, transition and recovery,” he said.
Celestine added: “Our records have shown that 7,053 babies have been born in 18 of these IDP shelters in Borno State alone and this is unfortunate as many of them are born with no health facility.”
He linked internal migration to hardship, conflicts and natural disasters, stressing the need for people to migrate externally in a proper way to reduce exposure to abuse and violation of basic human rights, and in extreme cases, death.
The global body said it has been generating data on migration to assist state and non-state actors in making necessary interventions, especially in the areas of food and medical supplies to refugees.
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