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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
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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.

 
Displaced people in dire health situation in Bama
Nigeria

At least 24,000 displaced people in dire health situation in Bama

Press Release 22 Jun 2016
 
MSF health post in Yebi, Diffa, Niger
Niger

Tens of thousands of newly displaced without assistance in the Diffa region

Project Update 8 Jun 2016
 
MSF health post in Yebi, Diffa, Niger
Niger

Deadly attack on Lake Chad refugees and MSF health post in Yebi

Project Update 25 May 2016
 
Niger. Thousands of newly displaced people in Diffa Region
Lake Chad Crisis

Testimony of Falmatou, a Nigerian refugee in Niger

Voices from the Field 31 Mar 2016
 
Lake Chad - people in dire need of support
Lake Chad Crisis

Lake Chad crisis update: Trapped in deadly violence

Project Update 30 Mar 2016
 
Medical and mental healthcare for people displaced by violence in the Lake Chad area.
Photo Story

Lake Chad region: providing assistance in the epicentre of violence

23 Nov 2015
Photo Story
 
Medical and mental healthcare for people displaced by violence in the Lake Chad area.
Lake Chad Crisis

“The only certainty is that people will remain uprooted and continue to live in fear”

Voices from the Field 23 Nov 2015
 
Nigeria

A new MSF emergency project in Maiduguri

Project Update 13 Oct 2015
 
Emergency response in Diffa for refugges fleeing Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria
Niger

Influx of Nigerian refugees in the Diffa region continues

Voices from the Field 20 Aug 2015
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