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21 Feb 2017 description

The plight of refugees and the internally displaced from the Boko Haram conflict in Cameroon’s Far North is adding to the many burdens of an already impoverished population

21 Feb 2017 description

Over recent months, thousands of people who had been forced to flee their homes by Boko Haram-related violence, have been attempting to return home. But many do not make it because the threat of renewed attacks remains too high, or they discover that their houses and all their possessions have been destroyed. As a result, some try to start anew in small towns nearby, with little to nothing to live on, and desperate for work opportunities. We visited some of these communities to document people's experiences.

21 Feb 2017 description

Highlights

  • At least 14,827 people were displaced due to military activity between 27 January and 10 February 2017, a further 300 were displaced because of attacks by armed groups.

  • The risk of famine will remain high in Nigeria’s northeast over the coming year, according to the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWSNET).

  • Almost 3 million children, aged 6 months to 10 years, were vaccinated in the recent national vaccination campaign against measles in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states.

21 Feb 2017 description

Maiduguri/Abuja, 21 February 2017: As relief organizations increase response to the humanitarian emergency in the north-east of Nigeria, timely donor support is required to sustain life-saving assistance to millions people devastated by Boko Haram-linked violence.

21 Feb 2017 description

When a Nigerian novelist, Florence Nwapa (1931-1993) wrote about the importance of cassava in her poem—Cassava, not many people may have appreciated the importance of cassava in national and food security. Nwapa’s article was inspired by the events that occurred during the Nigerian civil war (1967-1970) and how cassava was able to save lives, guarantee food security, and provided incomes to farmers. The four stanza poem went thus:

We thank the almighty God
For giving us cassava We hail thee cassava
The great cassava

21 Feb 2017 description

Mitigating the impact of the crisis and strengthening the resilience and food security of conflict-affected communities

Context

21 Feb 2017 description

SITUATION OVERVIEW

While an increasing amount of territory in Northeast Nigeria has become accessible to humanitarian workers, suicide bombings and attacks against civilians persisted during the reporting period. Violence in the northeast has caused massive displacement and at the same time restricted movement, disrupting food supplies and hindering access to basic services. People affected by violence in Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe, and neighbouring Bauchi, Taraba, and Gombe States are in urgent need of life-saving humanitarian assistance.

21 Feb 2017 description

"Famine" is a term defined by clear criteria. When humanitarian actors warn against it, a population’s lack of access to food has already started claiming lives. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and other NGOs use the five levels of the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) as one of the tools to classify the severity and magnitude of food shortage in a population.

Famine occurs when the food shortage in an area reaches level 5 and several of the following criteria are met:

21 Feb 2017 description

Nigeria: Hundreds of thousands received food and assistance in 2016

Armed conflict in North East Nigeria has displaced more than 2 million people and had damaging consequences for over 1.5 million people hosting them. The situation, in humanitarian terms, has been made worse by communal clashes in the Middle Belt region and the armed violence in the Niger Delta states.

21 Feb 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Maiduguri, Nigeria, February 2017 – Mustapha loves meeting his friends for a quick game of soccer before class starts in the camp where he lives with what is left of his family.

Mustapha fled to Maiduguri with his mother and siblings after their home was destroyed in an attack by Boko Haram. His grandfather was killed but his father managed to hide and survived the attack, only to be killed later when he returned to salvage goods from the shop the family had run.

21 Feb 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK/PARIS, 21 February 2017 – At least 65,000 children have been released from armed forces and armed groups in the past 10 years, UNICEF said today as leaders from around the world gather in Paris on the anniversary of the Paris Commitments to end the use of children in conflict.

21 Feb 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK/DAKAR/NAIROBI/AMMAN, 21 February 2017 – Almost 1.4 million children are at imminent risk of death from severe acute malnutrition this year, as famine looms in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, UNICEF said today.

“Time is running out for more than a million children,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. “We can still save many lives. The severe malnutrition and looming famine are largely man-made. Our common humanity demands faster action. We must not repeat the tragedy of the 2011 famine in the Horn of Africa.”

20 Feb 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

• Even though security remains a challenge, access continues to open up into more remote areas of the Far North region. Through its partners, UNICEF was able to reach displaced children on the border with Nigeria, providing them with nutrition, primary health care, education and child protection services.

19 Feb 2017 description
report World Bank

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Designed by the country’s leading healthcare institutions, with support from the World Bank, NSHIP delivers a results-based approach to improve quantity and quality of health services

  • The performance-based financing (PBF) approach has also motivated health worker performance

  • The improved quality of care has led to more patients using health centers supported by NSHIP

18 Feb 2017 description

In Numbers

  • 1.9 m people displaced, of which 1.5 million in Borno and 0.11 million in Yobe States (IOM Displacement Tracking Matrix, January 2017)

  • 4.4 m people food insecure in Borno and Yobe States (Phases 3, 4 & 5 Cadre Harmonisé, October 2016)

Highlights

17 Feb 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • IDP caseload in Nigeria’s Borno State increases by 135,290 people between December 2016 and January 2017

  • Recent report highlights that populations in northeastern Nigeria continue to face severe protection risks

  • Humanitarian support likely preventing deterioration in food security in Niger’s Diffa Region; further assistance required

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

17 Feb 2017 description

Medical teams supported by WHO set up mobile clinics in hard to access areas of north-eastern Nigeria. The teams are called “hard-to-reach” teams (HTR) because their mission is to reach remote and insecure areas to provide urgently needed care to populations deprived of essential health services. The 8-year conflict has caused widespread forced displacement and acute food and nutrition insecurity. Large areas of Borno state, the most-affected state, remain inaccessible to humanitarian assistance.