"Over 17,000 Babies Born In 18 Borno IDP Camps Since 2019" – Official

Date: 11-07-2021 2:34 pm (2 months ago) | Author: Mister Jay Wonder
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The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has said that 17,053 babies were given birth to by Internally Displaced Persons in 18 locations in Borno State alone.

The UN agency told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the figure represents information of babies who have been registered between 2019 to May 2021.

Frantz Celestine, the IOM chief of mission,said the agency collaborates with the National Population Commission and UNICEF to issue birth certificates to the children.

According to him, the identity of the children was very important and also falls within its Displacement Matrix data which it shares with other stakeholders intervening in the North-east.

“We do biometric data collection so that we know exactly the number of people who have been displaced so that the service we provide to them can be effective.

“This is important for food distribution, for non-food items distribution, it is also important for medical provision.

“Some of the work that we do on our displacement matrix data is to work with the population commission and UNICEF to provide birth certificates to those under five who were born in the camps.

“On the number of children that were born in the camps, I know last time I checked, those we had taken the biometrics and issued with birth certificates between 2019 and May 2021 were 17,053,”
he said.

The IOM’s Chief said the data helps it to identify those who have been displaced, adding that “if you don’t have an identity you do not exist in the eyes of the government and the law.”


Posted: at 11-07-2021 02:34 PM (2 months ago) | Addicted Hero
- gogoman at 11-07-2021 04:58 PM (2 months ago)
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Good!! we need more babies
Posted: at 11-07-2021 04:58 PM (2 months ago) | Addicted Hero
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