Nigeria: Boko Haram displaced get ID cards in Nigeria

Published: 13/Dec/2017
Source: News24 (South Africa) / AFP

Maiduguri – Some 100 000 Nigerians made homeless by Boko Haram received formal identification papers on Wednesday, to help boost security and restore normality in the country’s restive northeast.

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHRC) began documenting personal details of the displaced at the Dalori camp, just outside the Borno state capital, Maiduguri.

Dangana Ibrahim, from the agency, told AFP: “We are capturing their data and issuing them with temporary ID pending the production of the ID card in the next week.”

At least 20 000 people have been killed and more than 2.6 million displaced in the eight-year conflict, which has destroyed livelihoods and triggered a humanitarian crisis.

About 1.8 million people live in camps or with relatives in the worst-affected states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa. Others have fled to Niger, Chad and Cameroon.

According to the UNHCR, 99% of vulnerable IDP (internally displaced people) households in Borno state lack legal documentation.

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Themes: ID Documents and Passports, Statelessness
Regions: Nigeria
Year: 2017