IDPs Project – Protection Monitoring for IDPs

The situation in the country has been unpredictable and unstable to say the least. While several areas in the country were experiencing relative peace, others such as the Eastern Coast were experiencing heavy bombardment by collation forces. The economic situation around the country has also led to a new wave of displacement around several areas, meanwhile some IDPs deemed it better to return to their war torn area than remain in the state of displacement. During this year ADRA has partnered up with UNHCR to provide Emergency Response to IDPs on the hub level. This implies that ADRA will work through both fixed centers as well as mobile IDP monitoring teams, allowing for a more rapid and timely response to IDPs. In line with this ADRA has established two additional IDP CommunityCenters in the Northern Hubs of the country. One of the community centers is stationed in the governorate of Dhamar and will cover all surrounding districts of AlBaydha and Marib. The other center is located in Hajjah governorate and will provide protection assistance to the neighboring governorates of Hudaydah, Mahwit and Raymah. For the previous two months, the project teams were trained in protection monitoring activities, while coordination for the establishment of centers was on way.

In the Sana’a IDP center Hub the protection monitoring teams were able to track over 950 displaced households (6,905) in the Capital as well as several of the surrounding districts in Sana’a Governorate. Through the protection monitoring activity the teams were able to identify and provide 1036 displaced households (7031 individuals) with Shelter NFI kits. Through psychological counselors the IDP community center provided counselling to over 519 IDPs, over 30 % of them were females. There was no change as to the main psychological symptoms identified, whereby PTSD and anxiety were the most common forms of psychological problems. Through the center, over 167 IDPs received legal counselling and services, with the most prominent cases relating to documentation, especially for females. Financial assistance in the form of one time protection assistance and rental subsidies were provided to vulnerable IDPs. Due to the recent rains and floods in Marib, many IDPs residing in makeshift shelters were affected. Through ADRA rapid response teams the displaced hh were assessed for their needs, with an adequate response in preparation.