n African Renaissance - International committee of the Red Cross and international humanitarianism : perspectives on its assistance to internally displaced persons in Nigeria, 1986-2007

Volume 12 Number 2
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305


This is a historical examination of the humanitarian and emergency responses of the International Committee of the Red Cross to Internally Displaced Persons in Nigeria from1986, when the organisation established its regional delegation in Nigeria, to 2007, the year that marked the end of President Obasanjo's second tenure in office. This tenure witnessed a lot of internal displacements in Nigeria resulting from internal crises. It investigates the causes of internal displacement in Nigeria, the extent and effectiveness of ICRC's partnership with its movement partners in responding to the phenomenon and the effect of this intervention on the victims. The paper interrogates the enabling mandate of the ICRC to embark on this effort as well as the effects which this has had on the emergency response capability of the local humanitarians. The paper argues that the humanitarian and emergency response capacities of the country have been strengthened and this could be sustained through the continuous tapping from the expertise of the ICRC and its movement partners, the Nigerian Red Cross (NRC) and International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRCS) in the training and retraining of the personnel of agencies saddled with emergency response, rescue and relief operations, with regard to internal displacement.

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