Community Action Committees: key players in helping the displaced population

from UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Published on 04 Apr 2014 View Original

Bako has his phone ringing. Once again, it is another call from the town of Maine Soroa to inform him of the arrival of a new family who fled Nigeria. Bako’s phone often rings.

Bako’s real name is Abderrahmane Ahmed, and he is the General Secretary of the Community Action Committee (CAC) of the commune of Maine Soroa, in the Diffa region.

In Niger, community groups are old; they were institutionalized under President Seyni Kountche (1974-1983). The CACs are a new version established by Mahamadou Issoufou, the current President of the country.