November 20, 2018
It is up to the incoming administration to seize the opportunity to better protect and assist its internally displaced populations in the country’s conflict-affected regions.
As Cameroon has released the Presidential election results, I call upon the Government to urgently tackle the current crises in which thousands of civilians have been internally displaced amid violence in the context of the Boko Haram insurgency in the country’s Far North and armed separatists in the North-West and South-West regions (so-called Anglophone regions).
In the Far North region, the security situation remains dire, with continued attacks and incidents involving Boko Haram elements. While the number of such attacks have decreased over the last years, the situation there remains fragile and the humanitarian situation bleak, with some 227,581 people […]
October 24, 2018
6 October 2018 – During a two-day joint official visit to Nigeria, Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, and United Nations Development Programme Admnistrator, Achim Steiner, met with people affected by the Lake Chad basin crisis in the northeastern state of Borno.
The two UN officials heard from internally displaced persons (IDPs), host communities and returnees in Bama town and Ngwom village, of their struggles and priorities as they try to rebuild their lives.
Three years ago, Boko Haram raided Babagazara’s village in Borno. She recalled, “When they [members of Boko Haram] came in, we all started running in different directions. When I turned around I could not see my husband and children anymore…. I arrived here in Bama IDP camp yesterday and was reunited […]
October 12, 2018
Philippines: Unless durable solutions are found, people will remain vulnerable and unable to rebuild their lives – ASG Mueller
This article originally appeared on UNOCHA’s website. Reposted with permission.
ASG Mueller visits a child-friendly space for children displaced by the conflict. Credit OCHA/M. Bidder
ASG Mueller is visiting the Philippines to observe first-hand OCHA’s work, its strategic priorities and operational presence in a highly hazard prone but rising middle-income country. OCHA’s presence in the Philippines was upgraded to a country office in 2010, with a dual focus: emergency response preparedness and response to sudden onset emergencies and the protracted conflict situation in Mindanao.
While in Marawi City, ASG Mueller met with humanitarian and development partners to discuss how to join efforts to reduce need, risk and vulnerability. While stressing the centrality of protection in humanitarian action, she is also advocating for further […]
October 9, 2018
This article originally appeared on JIPS. Reposted with permission.
September 2018 – At JIPS, we strongly believe that communities should be included in key stages of a profiling data cycle to ensure that the process reflects their realities and priorities. The centrality of IDP participation, outlined in the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement, has recently been re-affirmed during a panel discussion on the human rights of IDPs at the 38th Session of the Human Rights Council (HRC), held in Geneva in June 2018.
In order to help strengthen the link between community engagement and profiling, we took part in a recent HRC side event focused on the connection between participation of IDPs and securing solutions to their displacement. Co-hosted by Austria, […]