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25 May 2015 description

Kano, Nigeria | AFP | Monday 5/25/2015 - 15:36 GMT


Boko Haram fighters hacked to death 10 people in remote northeast Nigeria, a local government official said on Monday, as the military claimed to have thwarted a fresh attack.

The attack happened early on Friday in the village of Pambula-Kwamda, the local government chairman of Madagali in the north of Adamawa state told AFP.

25 May 2015 description
report Peace Direct

May 21 2015: Towns and villages around Lake Chad are absorbing refugees and migrants from around the region. Elie Djimbarnodji discusses the causes and consequences of this for community relations.

One of the major challenges in the Lac region of Chad concerns how best to ensure peaceful cohabitation between several neighbouring communities. There are four key groups of people:

•Nigerian refugees who have fled towns and villages in Nigeria because of the conflict there.

•Returnees – Chadian migrants who left for Nigeria but have now returned.

24 May 2015 description

Kano, Nigeria | AFP | Sunday 5/24/2015 - 21:39 GMT

Boko Haram fighters killed several people and destroyed dozens of homes in a raid on a town in northeast Nigeria's Borno state, local residents, a vigilante and the military said on Sunday.

Scores of Islamist militants in trucks and on motorcycles stormed the town of Gubio, 95 kilometres (60 miles) by road north of the state capital, Maiduguri, on Saturday night.

23 May 2015 description
infographic UN Children's Fund

Situation of displaced people in Lake region in numbers



22 May 2015 description


  • Le CICR intensifie ses actions dans la région du lac Tchad (L’OBS, 21/05/15)

  • Alarming Rise of Malnutrition and Food Insecurity in Western Chad (UNICEF, 12/05/15)

  • L’OIM aide les migrants tchadiens bloqués au Cameroun à rentrer chez eux (OIM, 05/05/15)

  • Le Tchad vise un taux d’accès à l’eau de 95% pour les 15 prochaines années (Alwihda Info, 21/05/15)

  • In Chad, making quality education a reality for a million children (UNICEF, 18/05/15)

22 May 2015 description


  • Return movements, within Nigeria and cross-border, are increasingly reported. IOM Nigeria registered 8,900 returnees from Niger during the reporting period.

  • Results from a joint UNHCR-IOM assessment have been published, indicating there are 81,693 IDPs in Cameroon’s Far North.

21 May 2015 description
report Voice of America

LAGOS—The governor of Nigeria’s Rivers State is hoping an inquiry into violence that happened around this year’s presidential and governor elections will bring a measure of reconciliation to the oil-producing state. But the inquiry has been hamstrung by allegations of partisan bias.

Nigeria’s presidential and governor elections held this year were among the most peaceful since the country returned to democracy in 1999. But one of the places where violence did happen was in Rivers State, in the oil-producing Niger Delta region.

21 May 2015 description
report Guardian

Global weather system that plays havoc with weather across the world could exacerbate region’s dry spell and devastate Sahel as it did in 1972

A global weather phenomenon could cause a famine in the Sahel this year by combining with already dry conditions to create a “double whammy” for the region, scientists and aid groups have warned.

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21 May 2015 description
report IRIN

MAROUA, CAMEROUN, 21 mai 2015 (IRIN) - l devient de plus en plus difficile de trouver de la nourriture dans l’Extrême-Nord camerounais, disent les habitants de la région, non seulement parce que c’est actuellement la période de soudure, mais aussi parce que l’insécurité due à la présence de Boko Haram a gravement perturbé les activités agricoles et le commerce transfrontalier.

21 May 2015 description

When families flee their homes, they can no longer tend their fields. When agricultural production drops, trade falls off; a sweeping, downward economic spiral. And when families flee their homes, they get split up. Many displaced people are hosted in villages and towns. This puts a burden on those communities as well.

21 May 2015 description

For people fleeing the violence, and on the move, there are few opportunities for health care. Pregnant women have been forced to give birth in the most difficult of circumstances, sometimes obliged to abandon their newborn babies in order to save their own lives. Surgeons have had to deal with injuries they are not accustomed to, such as wounds from bomb blasts.

21 May 2015 description
report AlertNet

By Emma Batha

CASABLANCA, May 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Boko Haram crisis in northern Nigeria could fuel child marriage as parents pull their daughters out of school following mass abductions by the militants, campaigners warned on Wednesday.

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21 May 2015 description

Many refugees and internally displaced people say that a lack of food is their main concern. Some families have just a tiny bit of rice every day to survive on. With so many people uprooted and gathering in towns like Yola, or Maiduguri in Borno State, the existing infrastructure is struggling to cope.

When violence descended on her home village, Happy Yusuf, 39, and her children fled to the mountains. They were safe, but they had no food or clean water.

"The suffering was too much," she says. "I was exhausted and had to breast feed my little boy."

20 May 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

UNICEF response

• UNICEF is supporting the installation of Sayam Forage refugee camp, hosting over 1,200 refugees, by providing squatting plates, water bladders, NFIs and recreational and ECD kits to UNHCR to ensure access to water and sanitation and support safe spaces for children as part of child protection.

20 May 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

UNICEF response to date

• A total of 14,549 children have been admitted to the community-based management of acute malnutrition (CMAM) programme, of which 1,437 children were admitted for treatment in IDP camps in Adamawa and Borno states. A Nutrition Specialist is on ground in Yobe to support the implementation of CMAM programmes in IDP camps.