Lake Chad Crisis

Armed conflict has forced over 2.5 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 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.

3 questions about north east Nigeria

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.

Jean François Saint-Sauveur

“There are dramatic gaps in healthcare”

Voices from the Field 23 Feb 2017
Victims of bombing on a displaced camp in Rann, Nigeria

MSF strongly condemns the aerial bombing of a camp for displaced people in Rann

Statement 17 Jan 2017
Displacement in Diffa

Insufficient humanitarian response to crisis in Diffa

Report 21 Dec 2016
Ngala, Nigeria: Emergency aid to victims of violence and displacement

Crisis Info on Borno emergency - November 2016

Crisis Update 18 Nov 2016
Lake Tchad Crisis: Responding to the humanitarian consequences of violence  (Extreme North Cameroon)
Lake Chad Crisis

Lake Chad: Years of Forgotten Crisis

Medium.com 31 Oct 2016

Crisis Info on Borno Emergency - September 2016

Crisis Update 28 Sep 2016
Niger: NFI distributions in Toumour

MSF assists hundreds of newly displaced people in eastern Diffa

Project Update 9 Sep 2016

Malnutrition is the biggest problem in Bama

Voices from the Field 7 Sep 2016
Emergency response in Eastern Nigeria

Health disaster in Borno State

Press Release 20 Jul 2016
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