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23 Feb 2018 description

New York – The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba, calls for the unconditional release of all the girls abducted during the attack on the Bursari Government Girls Science Secondary School, in northeast Nigeria.

On Monday, February 19, an armed group attacked the school located in Dapchi, Yobe State and over 90 girls are still missing, according to unconfirmed reports.

23 Feb 2018 description

by Ana Ionova | Thomson Reuters Foundation Friday, 23 February 2018 18:36 GMT

"If I was a parent in Nigeria, I'd be so scared to send my child to school"

By Ana Ionova

LONDON, Feb 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The kidnapping of dozens more schoolgirls in northeast Nigeria by Boko Haram militants could undermine efforts to keep girls in schools and threaten progress on women's education in the region, experts said on Friday.

23 Feb 2018 description

The Protection Sector, including the Child Protection and Gender-Based Violence Sub-Sectors, enhanced its capacity to provide life-saving protection assistance particularly in most affected areas of Borno State, as well as Adamawa and Yobe States. A total of 2.47 million of the most vulnerable individuals were reached from January through December 2017 with protection interventions.

23 Feb 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Statement from Marie-Pierre Poirier, UNICEF West and Central Africa Regional Director

DAKAR, 23 February 2018 – “On Monday, an armed group attacked the Bursari Government Girls Science Secondary School in Dapchi, Yobe state, northeast Nigeria. According to unconfirmed reports over 90 girls are still unaccounted for.

“UNICEF strongly condemns the attack and calls for the immediate and unconditional release of all the girls kept in captivity.

22 Feb 2018 description


  • At least 20 deaths, 70 injuries reported following February 16 attack in northeastern Nigeria

  • An estimated 1.63 million people remained displaced in northeastern Nigeria as of February 2

  • Chad HRP aims to reach more than 330,000 people in Lac Region in 2018


22 Feb 2018 description

The humanitarian emergency across the Lake Chad basin is one of the world’s most severe. This year, around 10.7 million people need relief assistance to survive. The near-decade-long conflict has wilted livelihoods, entire communities have been emptied and civilians continue to suffer frequent rights violations. Insecurity is deterring resumption of normal life in many localities.

22 Feb 2018 description

Key Highlights:

  • 2,113 asylum seekers registered in Cross River State from 7-19 February - bringing to 16,790, the total number of people registered since the influx started in September 2017. Women and children still account for more than 75 per cent of those registered.

22 Feb 2018 description

​Foreign aid has been the subject of increasing critique since the 1980s and there has been extensive research on aid effectiveness, particularly focusing on the impact of aid on aggregate economic growth. The scholarly literature remains inconclusive regarding the question of to what extent development aid actually works. One reason for these inconclusive results could be that the large majority of empirical investigations to date have relied on cross-country analyses.

21 Feb 2018 description

Benin, 20 February 2018 - As the Lassa fever outbreak continues in Edo, one of the three most affected states (others are Ondo and Ebonyi) in 2018; the Commissioner for Health Dr David Osifo, has applauded World Health Organization’s (WHO) response to contain the outbreak.

21 Feb 2018 description
report Caritas

More than 25,000 refugees have travelled across the border from Cameroon to Nigeria and dozens continue to arrive every week.

Caritas Nigeria is appealing for urgent support to fight an emerging humanitarian crisis as a growing number of refugees have been forced to flee political upheaval and armed conflict in neighbouring Cameroon.

“The situation is dire,” said Fr Evaristus Bassey, director of Caritas Nigeria. “According to some of the refugees, they escaped on bush paths with only the clothes they were wearing.”

21 Feb 2018 description


In Epi-week 6, the Lassa fever outbreak continued with a total of 615 suspected cases reported across 17 states. Of this, 193 have been confirmed positive to the Lassa fever virus. 43 deaths were recorded in confirmed cases giving a case fatality rate (CFR) of 23.9%.

20 Feb 2018 description

As he climbs out of his car and walks across to the entrance of Bakassi camp for internally displaced persons in Borno, northern Nigeria, Dr Terna Nomwhange is met by a familiar sight. Standing at the gates, greeting a tired, dusty family laden with possessions, is a team of polio vaccinators. As families arrive at this sea of shelters following a long, hard journey, these people offering polio vaccines are the first sign that they have reached a place of protection.

20 Feb 2018 description

Blog Post by John Campbell

Below is a visualization and description of some of the most significant incidents of political violence in Nigeria from February 10 to February 16, 2018. This update also represents violence related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger. These incidents will be included in the Nigeria Security Tracker.

(Last week, February 9: Soldiers killed "several" (estimated at five) Boko Haram militants in Gubio, Yobe)