Boko Haram: About 2.5m IDPs to Benefit from IOM’s Intervention


Yemi Akinsuyi in Abuja

The International Organization for Migration, IOM, is working with its partners to help the Nigerian government to support 2.4 million people in the country’s north-eastern states displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency.

Through its Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM), IOM is also conducting assessments of the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the area and their needs to inform the humanitarian response of the government and the international community.

Speaking at a Workshop by the IOM in Abuja, the Country’s Representative, Emira Krdzalic said in the worst-affected state of Borno, IOM teams are currently working in 15 previously inaccessible local government areas (LGAs) and 86 wards and hope to access other badly affected areas.

He said: “The data emerging clearly shows very high levels of humanitarian need. A

ccording to the most recent DTM report (February 2016), 1,434,149 IDPs have been identified in Borno, out of a total of 2.4 million in the whole area.

“As part of the DTM program, IOM is conducting biometric registration of IDPs in Adamawa and Borno states, as well as in Yobe state, where it is supporting the UN World Food Programme’s Cash Transfer Program.