While much focus of the humanitarian and development community in Niger is now on Covid 19, conflict dynamics continue causing important forced movements of the population in the areas bordering Mali and Nigeria.
Since early April, about 11,000 people have been forced to leave their areas of origin in the Tillaberi region (at the border with Mali) due to on-going military operations. They have moved mainly to Ayorou and Abala where DG ECHO funded Rapid Response Mechanism provides with essential health, food and non food item relief. In the Maradi region (bordering the north of Nigeria), about 15,000 refugees left Nigeria in April further to attacks by armed criminal groups and an additional 18,000 estimated internally displaced people (IDPs) moved due to the fear of being attacked in their villages located close to the border with Nigeria.
Although these figures will go through a verification process, the number of displaced people among refugees, IDP and returnees in Niger is now over 500,000.