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IDPs get ID cards in Borno

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About 100,000 Nigerians rendered homeless by the Boko Haram insurgents have received formal identification papers on Wednesday, to help boost security and restore normality in the country’s restive north-east.

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

Dangana Ibrahim, from the agency, said, “We are capturing their data and issuing them with temporary ID, pending the production of the ID card 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 percent of vulnerable internally displaced people (IDP) households in Borno state lack legal documentation.

Even before the insurgency began, levels of registration and documentation were low, and were compounded, to some extent, by illiteracy.