Humanitarian relief is key in mitigating the ongoing suffering of thousands of adults and children in Northeastern Nigeria. Boko Haram activities have been and are a menace that has led to the displacement of people from their communities in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states. For this reason, CBN Humanitarian was in Maiduguri, a city in Northeast Nigeria to intervene in the deplorable situation. We distributed relief items to the internally displaced people (IDPs) in host communities and in the informal camps where thousands of vulnerable people live without humanitarian support from the government.
CBN Humanitarian collaborated with the State’s lead agency for emergency response called SEMA (State Emergency Management Agency). For each of the visits, an initial assessment was conducted to find out the urgent and immediate needs of the people for proper intervention. SEMA assigned some of its staff to help us in the relief material distribution, crowd control and security management of the IDP camps. These efforts culminated in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd phase visits for the distribution of food and non-food items over the period of 3 months (November, December 2016 and January 2017) in various IDP camps, an informal camp as well as host community locations.
The relief distribution project catered for thousands of people who live without support from any other source. Majority of the population comprised of elderly women, widows, orphans and children. Despite the relief effort, these people are still in desperate need of humanitarian attention.