Niger – Continuing violence in the Diffa region (UN OCHA, UNHCR) (ECHO Daily Flash of 11 April 2019)

  • Since March 2019, violence in Diffa region, near Nigeria, has escalated. Attacks claimed by the Islamic State targeting security and defence forces and civilians confirm a deterioration of security. 88 civilians were reported dead in March. The attacks have triggered displacement of population, 18 000 people in recent weeks (the total refugees, IDP and returnees is approximately 250 000), likely to grow in the coming weeks.
  • Several thousands took refuge in and around Diffa City following the attacks. During the night of 9 to 10 April, the village of Tam, in Maïné Soroa department, was attacked. The village chief was murdered and dozens of homes burned. The Gendarmerie of Diffa was also attacked.
  • UNHCR plans to relocate some 10 000 refugees on a voluntary basis from locations close to Nigeria to the Sayam Forage refugee camp (already hosting 15 000), 45 kilometres from the border.
  • In recent years DG ECHO has funded projects on the rapid response mechanism in Diffa addressing urgent needs on WASH, shelter and protection of forcibly displaced populations.