The International Organisation for Migration (IOM), has said 17,053 babies were born in 18 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) locations in Borno State in the last two years.
The United Nations agency said the figure represents information of babies who have been registered between 2019 to May 2021.
Frantz Celestine, IOM Chief of Mission, told journalists during a breakfast meeting with the media, that the agency collaborates with the National Population Commission (NPS) and UNICEF to issue birth certificates to the children.
According to Celestine, the identity of the children falls within its displacement matrix data, which it shares with other stakeholders 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 further said the data helps the body 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”.