The deputy director of operations in Africa, Patrick Youssef, is on the ground to feel the suffering of victims of Boko Haram.
The Far North, which is the scene of clashes and violence which have claimed many victims, has displaced hundreds of thousands. These people who fled their communities now find themselves in foster families. This situation weighs on resources and livelihoods of host communities already limited. Access to food, clean water and health care is very difficult for the displaced.
According to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Far North currently has nearly 56,700 displaced. 87% of those displaced are living in host families through social dynamics. To help these people, whose humanitarian needs are growing according to the Head of the ICRC Regional Delegation for Central Africa, Simon Brooks, the ICRC decided to carry out a food distribution.
The nearly 7350 displaced households surveyed in the Far North are receiving food in five rounds a year. “The ration we provide covers the food needs of a household with an average size of six for 30 days. It consists of a 50kg bag of rice, a 25kg bag of millet, a 25kg bag of maize flour, 10 liters of table salt and 1kg of oil, ” said the Delegate of Ecosec (economic security) ICRC Far North, Ibrahim Falke.
The ICRC delegation which is on the ground in recent days found that the situation is stabilizing the other side of the border, specifically at Mogode in Mayo Tsanaga where is observed a gradual return of these IDPs in their communities. On the contrary, at the Mayo Mostoka, incursions of Nigerian sect continue. “This explains why we note many displaced in Koza” notes Ibrahim Falke.