International Organisation For Migration Evaluates Assistance To Boko Haram Victims In Cameroon

A project aimed at improving the lives of displaced people in North Cameroon has given “concrete support to the victims of Boko Haram”, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) say.

The organisation has just concluded four days of field evaluations of its achievements on the ground, two years after putting in place its Project for the Reinforcement of Resilience and Communal Upliftment in Cameroon.

The project was instigated on behalf of Humanitarian Nexus, Development and Peace. The activities formally ended on September 30.

A team led by Soro Moussa, IOM Coordinator for its office in Maroua, Far North region of Cameroon, carried out the four-day field mission.

“In two years of its implementation, the project has facilitated the reinforcement of social cohesion and stimulated local development in the Lake Chad Basin, through concrete support to victim populations of the Boko Haram conflict,” the IOM said.

The evaluation is yet to be published. Launched in 2020 in the Far North Region of Cameroon, they said a lot of progress has been made on the ground to the benefit of Common Initiative Groups (CIG) which help not only host communities to internally displaced persons, but also the refugee populations negatively impacted by the exactions of Boko Haram terrorists.

The IOM team visited localities in Mayo-Tsanaga and Mayo-Sava divisions for a first-hand evaluation of the achievements in the agricultural, animal breeding and small-scale enterprises sectors.

The project was put in place by the IOM mission in Cameroon through an ensemble of local organisations.

Created in 1951, the IOM is a leading inter-governmental organisation in the field of migration.

It operates closely with its governmental, inter-governmental and non-governmental partners.

The IOM ensures that migrants are humanely managed, and in good order, with a view to promoting international cooperation on the migration scene, to facilitate the search for practical solutions to migration problems and to offer humanitarian assistance to migrants in need who include refugees and internally displaced persons.

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