Lake Chad Crisis
The conflict between military forces and non-state armed groups in the Lake Chad region broke out in northeast Nigeria in 2009. 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.
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.