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Lake Chad Crisis

Armed conflict has forced over 2.3 million people to flee their homes across the Lake Chad Basin. Violence and multiple forced displacement have destroyed what ability people had to support themselves.

The conflict between military forces and non-state armed groups in the Lake Chad region broke out in northeast Nigeria almost a decade ago. It has since spread into neighbouring Cameroon, Chad and Niger, creating one of the largest humanitarian crises in Africa.

Many of the displaced have found refuge in host communities, putting a huge strain on a region already suffering from poverty, food insecurity, recurrent disease outbreaks and weak health systems.

3 questions about north east Nigeria
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Three questions: Northeast Nigeria

Lake Chad Crisis

What is going on in northeast Nigeria?

A look at the epicentre of the Lake Chad crisis in northeast Nigeria (2019)

The Lake Chad crisis stems from an armed conflict in Nigeria that has been ongoing for more than 10 years.

Thousands of people have been killed. Others have been deprived of access to medical care and have died of easily treatable disease such as malnutrition and malaria. According to OCHA, across the northeastern states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe, about 35,000 people have been killed since 2009, 1.8 million people are internally displaced, and 7.1 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. Around 230,000 people have fled to the neighbouring countries of Niger, Chad and Cameroon.

Project coordinator, Karsten Noko, highlights the gaps and needs of the population as a consequence of this decade long strife.

 
MSF activities continue in Gwoza, Borno State
Nigeria

“Children can draw assault rifles better than a football” in Borno state

Interview 8 Sep 2020
 
Borno State – Gwoza
Nigeria

Other diseases will not relent in Borno state during COVID-19 pandemic

Project Update 3 Apr 2020
 
Surviving conflict in northeast Nigeria
Nigeria

Northeast Nigeria: “The conflict is intensifying and the needs are massive”

Interview 4 Feb 2020
 
Mora - Far North Region of Cameroon
Cameroon

Conflict in Far North region strips people of hope

Project Update 3 Dec 2019
 
IDP camp in Maiduguri, Borno state
Nigeria

Northeast Nigeria: Now is not the time to question lifesaving assistance

Statement 25 Oct 2019
 
Franck Ale - MSF Epidemiologist
Cholera

How to identify the causes of an epidemic and respond strategically

Interview 21 Aug 2019
 
MSF working to prevent a new cholera epidemic in northern Cameroon
Cameroon

A multidisciplinary approach to stem the spread of cholera

Project Update 21 Aug 2019
 
Fori therapeutic feeding centre, Maiduguri
Nigeria

Children in displacement camps need immediate protection

Voices from the Field 13 Aug 2019
 
IDP camp in Maiduguri, Borno state
Nigeria

Crisis Info: Borno and Yobe states, August 2019

Crisis Update 13 Aug 2019
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