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Over 20,000 Displaced Persons Move Out Of Camps In Dalori, Northeast Nigeria

The relocation programme in conflict-hit Borno State has resettled tens of thousands of IDPs away from camps; many have ended up in secondary displacement settlements.

More than 20,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) moved out of two camps in Dalori, a community in Nigeria’s northeastern state of Borno, after authorities shut them down between late July and early August. 

According to a recent International Organization for Migration (IOM) assessment, many IDPs integrated into host communities in the state capital, Maiduguri, as well as Konduga and Jere Local Government Areas. 

They were part of the 2,710 households comprising 13,157 displaced persons relocated from the 250 Housing Estate Camp (Dalori II) and 7,478 IDPs (1,496 households) in the Federal Training Centre Camp (Dalori I) in the Konduga Local Government Area. 

Others were said to have integrated into communities and relocated to camps and camp-like settings in the Bama Local Government Area. Some displaced persons also moved to parts of Gwoza. 

The relocation programme by the State Government aims to resettle displaced persons and refugees back to communities after the reconstruction of infrastructure and alongside the provision of services.  

However, the programme has been rocked by several challenges and concerns, including funding, food insecurity, and insurgent threats. 

The country’s Victims’ Support Fund recently announced the approval of over ₦1 billion ($2.4 million) to support the relocation and resettlement of displaced persons. 

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