UNHCR Humanitarian agency trains 450 IDPs in Borno

The UNHCR says it has trained 450 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Borno state under the livelihood skills acquisition project.

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The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in collaboration with the American University of Nigeria (AUN) has trained 450 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Borno state under the livelihood skills acquisition project.

"In the 'waste to wealth,'  450 women were trained to weave nylon waste into market table bags, mats, shoes, key holders and other salable items," the UN humanitarian agency said in a statement.

It stated that the second phase of the project was launched in 2016 to include the IDP menfolk and financial literacy training component to enable to trainees manage their finances properly.

The UNHCR said over 219,104 individuals, including girls, boys, women, and men have benefited from the agency’s interventions and services.

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The humanitarian agency also stated that it was collaborating with the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) to promote access to justice for IDPs in Borno state.

According to UNHCR, the project aims at strengthening access to justice by IDPs, and to provide legal services, court representation, and counseling to the most vulnerable IDPs in detention in the state, who have no financial means to afford a lawyer.

It also seeks to raise awareness on the legal rights of IDPs and to provide access to justice for wider IDP population in Borno.

The UNHCR also said it has erected 100 shelter units and established livelihood projects. It added that three thousand households would receive non-food items as the UN agency for refugee scales up its activities.

The humanitarian agency's office in Nigeria also stated it's determination scale up activities towards protecting and assisting IDPs, refugees, stateless persons or those at risk of statelessness and other persons of concern.

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