Despite many security incidents recorded during the reporting period, there are no reports of significant displacement within Yobe State. New displaced people, however, continue to arrive from Borno state, particularly from riverine communities due to security concerns and difficult livelihood situation. Partners estimate that about 5,000 IDPs may have arrived to Geidam, Gashua and Nguru over the past two months from November to December 2019; most of whom arrived over the past two weeks in December. There are no community based structures to timely and reliably register and verify new arrivals for immediate support as all of the new arrivals settle in the host community. Partners are following up in coordination with SEMA to provide support.
The resumption of operations by Action Against Hunger (ACF) and Mercy corps (MC) has eased the pressure on the humanitarian community to respond to gaps created when the two organizations were banned by the military in October 2019.
While the capacity of organizations to respond to recovery/resilience needs has relatively improved, the fragile security environment in some of the return communities is limiting the full rollout of planned program.
Improved awareness and knowledge on Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) is resulting in improved reporting of cases. Empowering and supporting community based organizations will further enhance reporting mechanism and response to reported cases. Increasing vulnerability, high unemployment among women and youth and limited access to basic social services is exacerbating the protection environment.
The new state government is refocusing its efforts to address gaps in key sectors such as education, agriculture and health. There is need for humanitarian and recovery partners to strengthen their sector and bilateral coordination efforts with the relevant line ministries for complementarity and avoid duplication.
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs