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26 May 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Emily Bamford

Can all of Nigeria be Open Defecation Free by 2025? A Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Committee in the remote northern village of Gidan Darge is paving the way.

JIGAWA STATE, Nigeria, 25 May 2016 – In north-eastern Nigeria, 300 miles north of the capital city of Abuja, lies the village of Gidan Darge. Though the village is located in a dry, remote area, it is pioneering advances in water, sanitation and hygiene for the entire country.

25 May 2016 description

OBJECTIVE

The Borno PSWG Rapid Protection Assessment Report compiles information from both data collection in IDP sites around Maiduguri (Part I) as well as in recently liberated satellite camps of Damboa and Dikwa (Part II).

The assessment of displacement sites around Maiduguri Metropolis (MMC, Jere, Konduga) was conducted in order to obtain a full picture of protection issues and severity in all sites around Maiduguri in order to prioritize the most pressing issues and severe sites, for targeted rapid interventions.

25 May 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Rapid assessments in northeastern Nigeria indicate urgent humanitarian needs 
  • More than 20,000 newly displaced people registered in Cameroon’s Far North Region between February and April 
  • ERC Stephen O’Brien calls for increased assistance for Lake Chad Basin response

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

25 May 2016 description
report UN News Service

24 mai 2016 – Le Haut-Commissariat des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés (HCR) a déclaré mardi avoir constaté une augmentation de l'insécurité et une aggravation de la situation humanitaire dans la région de Diffa, dans le sud-est du Niger.

Selon des chiffres gouvernementaux, cette région accueillait à la mi-mai plus de 241.000 réfugiés nigérians, personnes déplacées et Nigériens rapatriés qui vivaient autrefois au Nigéria.

25 May 2016 description

Obagaji, Nigeria | AFP | Wednesday 5/25/2016 - 03:13 GMT

by Aderogba OBISESAN

Anyebe Peter has only recently returned to his farm in central Nigeria, nearly three months after attacks by Fulani herdsmen killed seven villagers, destroyed 250 homes and forced survivors to flee.

"Nothing is left for us either on our farm or in our village after the attack," he told AFP in Adagbo, a stone's throw from the Benue river that forms the border between Benue and Nasarawa states.

25 May 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Aicha Chir Nour

In Chad, the Daresalam refugee camp hosts more than 5,000 refugees from Nigeria and Niger. Here, every individual has fled atrocities and violence that plague their countries. The camp’s school is the only place where Yande Tchari, 17 years old and in first grade, feels safe. “Only in class am I able to take my mind off things. School gives me the opportunity to learn always something new,” she says.

25 May 2016 description
report Voice of America

Moki Edwin Kindzeka

TOUROU, CAMEROON— Boko Haram militants are believed to be holding hundreds of captives in Nigeria's Sambisa forest, including more than 200 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped in 2014.

The armed forces of Nigeria and Cameroon are trying to free the hostages, but the forest is a good place for militants to hide and a dangerous place for soldiers to operate.

The Sambisa forest reserve in northeastern Nigeria has been a key Boko Haram hideout for years.

25 May 2016 description

Posted by Evelyn Rodriguez-Perez on Tuesday, May 24th 2016

Education is a core component of a humanitarian response. However, too often education remains severely underfunded given competing priorities. But without it, children — and girls in particular — are at increased risk of abuse, exploitation, disempowerment or worse.

While working in international education for more than 30 years, I’ve seen how natural disasters, famines and wars can sideline education.

24 May 2016 description

Food Security Sector (FSS) Highlights for April 2016

Summary of on-going humanitarian assistance:
Number of people targeted by 2016 HRP: 1.5 million people
Total budget of Food Security Sector in 2016 HRP: US$ 71.4 million
HRP resources mobilized to dateL US$ 7.9 million
Reached with food and livelihoods assistance in 2016: 347,403 people

Projected needs for the coming lean season (June -September 2016)
A total of 3 million people are in need of assistance through the coming lean season.

24 May 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • Within the Lake Chad Basin crisis, Cameroon is the second country most affected by displacement after Nigeria. In the last month an increase of 20,000 IDPs in the Far North has been reported bringing the number to 190,591 people.

  • Since the beginning of 2016, 1,361 refugee children under 5 and 9,952 Cameroonian children <5 with SAM have been admitted to therapeutic care.

24 May 2016 description

Regional Security Meeting in Abuja and UNHCR-World Bank Lake Chad Basin Displacement Workshop

24 May 2016 description

Kano, Nigeria | AFP | Tuesday 5/24/2016 - 18:01 GMT |

A state government in northern Nigeria on Tuesday declared a state of emergency after moths destroyed swathes of tomato fields, threatening supplies of the country's leading staple food.

Nigerian farmers describe the outbreak as 'tomato Ebola' after the deadly disease that devastated West Africa in 2014.

The news from Kaduna state saw Nigerians voice fears on social media they would not be able to make jollof rice -- a beloved national dish made with tomato paste -- because of the scarcity.

24 May 2016 description

ISTANBUL – Under the Government of Nigeria’s leadership, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is scaling up to assist 430,000 people in Northeast Nigeria where Boko Haram violence has led to one of the most acute and largely forgotten humanitarian crises in the world.

“As areas become more accessible and we collectively develop a more refined understanding of what people need, WFP is working with the Government and other agencies such as UNICEF to urgently reach the most vulnerable,” said WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin.

24 May 2016 description

Nigerians who found safety in neighbouring Niger, with thousands of others fleeing militants, move again as insecurity grows.

By: Helene Caux | 24 May 2016

DIFFA, Niger, May 24 (UNHCR) – Bala never imagined he would have to step over dead bodies to save his life. His brother Mahamadou never thought he would have to hide beneath them to save his.

“They were killing children in the streets. They were shooting at pregnant women,” says Bala, 50, remembering how Boko Haram tore through his town, in northern Nigeria.

24 May 2016 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at the press briefing, on 24 May 2016, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

By: Adrian Edwards | 24 May 2016