Ten months after the hostile situation in Central African Republic (CAR), Chadian returnees are still living in terrible conditions in shipment and temporary locations in Chad. Rainy season is making the living situation even worse.
More than 113,000 Chadians who fled the insecurity in CAR and have entered Chad have been helped by International Office of Migration (IOM) since December 2013.
More than 30,000 of the returnees are hosted by friends and families in different parts of the country.
IOM and its humanitarian partners have distributed emergency shelters and flood mitigation kits so that the evacuees could repair their shelters and drain the flooded water from the sites.
“Life in transit and temporary sites is never easy. Rains make it even more difficult. The emergency response that we have provided cannot solve the problem. Management of sites must be improved,” said IOM Chief of Mission in Chad, Sufi Qasim.
Following the massive influx from CAR into Chad, the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC) on behalf of the Humanitarian Country Team has decided to reactivate the Shelter/Camp Coordination Camp Management (CCCM) cluster that is led by UNHCR and co-led by IOM.
The aim is to provide technical support for the management of both transit and temporary sites as well as to advocate for durable solutions for the displaced persons in the sites in the long run.
“The improvements are all the more necessary that we do not envisage an early return of these Chadians who lived for many years in the Central African Republic, and even for some of them since many generations. They are not reassured. They fear the security situation has not improved enough for them to return to their homes in CAR,” said Sufi Qasim.
One of the main strategies of the Shelter/CCCM cluster is to build the capacity of government officials, and national and international organizations operating in the sites.
In line with the cluster strategy, three training sessions on CCCM have been held in Gore (from 10 to 12 September) and Maro (from 17 to 19 September) in the South, and in the capital N’Djamena (from 22 to 23 September).
The main objective of the trainings was to improve the knowledge and skills of the trainees in identifying and addressing needs and gaps in the sites both in terms of management and provision of services.