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18 Sep 2017 description


Around 17 million people live in the affected areas across the four Lake Chad basin countries. More than 2.3 million people remain displaced. Most of the displaced families are sheltered by communities that count among the world’s poorest and most vulnerable. Food insecurity and malnutrition have reached critical levels.

Recent developments

18 Sep 2017 description

Regional Highlights

  • A cholera epidemics breaks in north-east Nigeria on 16 August 2017 with, as of 13 September, 45 dead amongst 1,925 cases recorded in Borno State.

  • The hepatitis E epidemic declared in April in Niger is marking a decreasing trend, after recording 1,672 cases in the Diffa region.

  • Cameroon’s Far North is witnessing an increase in incidents and attacks as well as a geographical shift in violent incidents from Logone-and-Chari to Mayo Sava department.

15 Sep 2017 description

For the past eight years, conflict provoked by Boko Haram has devastated the Lake Chad region. More than 20,000 people have been killed, and a staggering 2.4 million people have fled their homes, living as internally displaced people in their home countries, or as refugees across neighbouring borders.

After one week in his new post, UN Humanitarian Chief Mark Lowcock visited the region, where he met some of the survivors of the conflict.

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13 Sep 2017 description


Poverty, demographic pressure and recurrent shocks (droughts, floods, epidemics, and high food prices) are among the key causes of vulnerability amongst households and communities;

Insecurity in neighboring countries, notably Mali and Nigeria has led to displacement to Niger. In addition, the country is experiencing internal displacement of people due to armed attacks by insurgents that have been occurring in Diffa since Feb 2015

12 Sep 2017 description


Les 5 crises, la modalité de réponse et les 3 objectifs stratégiques ne connaissent pas de changements.

Pour les régions de Tillabéry et de Tahoua, le contexte actuel ne nécessite pas une révision, une série d’évaluations plus poussées au niveau des secteurs prioritaires sont en train d'être planifiées.

En cas de dégradation accentuée, le plan de contingence inter secteur y relatif sera activé en vue d’une réponse initiale appropriée.

12 Sep 2017 description


The humanitarian crisis in Nigeria’s northeast and the Lake Chad region is one of the most severe in the world today, with 8.5 million people in need of humanitarian assistance in 2017 in the worst-affected states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe. Now in its eighth year, the crisis shows no sign of abating.

11 Sep 2017 description

(Niamey, le 11 septembre 2017): A la fin de sa mission de trois jours au Niger, le Secrétaire général adjoint aux affaires humanitaires et Coordonnateur des secours d'urgence des Nations Unies, Mark Lowcock, a félicité, aujourd’hui le Gouvernement du Niger pour avoir fait face efficacement à la crise humanitaire complexe dans le pays.

11 Sep 2017 description

(Niamey, 11 September 2017): At the end of a three-day visit to Niger, the new United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, today commended the Government of Niger for tackling the country’s complex humanitarian crisis, including leading the provision of life-saving aid to 400,000 people in the Diffa region, where one out of two people require humanitarian assistance and Boko Haram attacks remain a grave threat.

08 Sep 2017 description

WHO: Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator

WHAT: Mission to the Lake Chad Basin

WHEN: 9 to 12 September 2017

WHERE: Niger and Nigeria

The new humanitarian chief, Mark Lowcock, will travel to Niger and Nigeria from 9 to 12 September 2017. The purpose of his visit is to raise the global profile of the Lake Chad Basin crisis, which is affecting some 17 million people in the region.

06 Sep 2017 description

The security situation in south-eastern Niger remains volatile with Boko Haram launching sporadic raids against villages and IDP camps. Since the beginning of the year, 48 attacks have been recorded in the Diffa region mainly in areas close to the islands of the Lake Chad Basin. Humanitarian operations are being implemented without major impediments, except for temporary restrictions in areas with active counter terrorism operations by the Niger military and the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF).

29 Aug 2017 description

Over 10 million people across the Lake Chad Basin are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.1 Since 2014, CERF has provided nearly $156 million for life-saving humanitarian assistance to people affected by the conflict and deepening food crisis. With the support of CERF’s rapid response and underfunded emergency funds, humanitarian partners have been providing life-saving assistance and protection for the most vulnerable people – internally displaced, returnees, refugees and host population - affected by Boko Haram and military operations.

29 Aug 2017 description



Dans la nuit du 24 août, des membres présumés de Boko Haram ont attaqué le village de Gakara, juste à la sortie de la ville de Kolofata, près de la frontière nigériane, tuant 15 personnes et en kidnappant 8 autres, selon une déclaration officielle le 25 août. Les assaillants ont incendié environ 30 maisons. Kolofata accueille de nombreux déplacés et la zone est devenue la cible d'attentats suicides fréquents, limitant ainsi l'accès à l'aide humanitaire.

29 Aug 2017 description



Suspected Boko Haram militants attacked Gakara village just outside the town of Kolofata, near the Nigerian border, on the night of 24 August, killing 15 people and kidnapping 8 others, officials said on 25 August. The attackers burned down around 30 houses. Kolofata hosts a large displaced population but the area has become a frequent target of suicide bombings, thus constraining access to humanitarian aid.