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ICRC Operational Appeal 2017: Niger

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MAIN TARGETS FOR 2017

  • Conflict-affected people in the Diffa region, including IDPs and refugees, improve their diet and living conditions with six-month food rations and household items from the Red Cross Society of Niger and the ICRC.

  • Vulnerable communities hosting displaced people strengthen their economic security with agricultural supplies and equipment, donations of animal feed, and livestock health services from the ICRC.

  • Wounded and sick people, including migrants, obtain medical services at facilities receiving various forms of ICRC support, such as funding, supplies and the deployment of medical teams at a regional hospital and a clinic in Diffa.

  • Inmates, particularly security and other vulnerable detainees, benefit from better treatment and living conditions, including access to health care, owing to steps taken by the authorities with support from the ICRC.

  • The authorities, weapon bearers and civil society leaders support the ICRC’s work and facilitate its access to violence-affected communities, as a result of dialogue with the ICRC, related briefings and other communication efforts.

  • Members of families dispersed by conflict, migration or detention stay in touch through the Movement’s family-links services. First responders, aided by the ICRC, boost their skills in managing human remains.

CONTEXT

Niger continues to be adversely affected by the ongoing conflict between State forces in the Lake Chad region (see also Chad, Nigeria and Yaoundé) and the armed group that calls itself Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP, also known as Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad or Boko Haram). The government contributes troops to the Multinational Joint Task Force, which conducts operations against the group.

In Diffa, clashes between ISWAP and government forces result in casualties, arrests and repeated displacement among civilians. Communities there struggle with the additional strain on their limited resources, as they host IDPs and the thousands of refugees who have fled Nigeria. Amidst restrictions on economic activities, food production remains insufficient for a growing population that is still recovering from past droughts and conflict. State and humanitarian agencies have limited access to these people, owing to the prevailing insecurity, and have inadequate resources for assisting them.

Communal clashes and cross-border security issues in Agadez, Tahoua and Tillabéry persist, often arising from the situation in Mali (see Mali) or from disputes over resources. Local elections will be held in January 2017.