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No space to live, The consequences of congestion at IDPs sites in North-East Nigeria

More than 600,000 people are staying in highly congested displacement camps across North-East Nigeria. Consequences include lack of access to basic services, aid dependency, cyclical cholera outbreaks, rampant fires and deep protection concerns. The Sphere Handbook’s Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response requires at least 45 square meters of usable surface area per person in displacement camps, or 30 square meters per person if basic services, such as schools, gardens and hospitals are accessible outside the settlement. If this area cannot be secured, steps must be taken “to address the consequences of higher-density occupation.