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Niger – Forced Displacement (DG ECHO, Protection Cluster) (ECHO Daily Flash of 24 October 2018)

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  • On 22 October, a new attack was reported in Inates (Tillabery Region), where several hundred people are displaced due to insecurity. At least two people were killed. Several attacks have been reported over the last 10 days at the Malian border (in Tillabery and Tahoua regions), where the situation is deteriorating.

  • The spillover of the Mali crisis, criminality, and inter-ethnic clashes across the border increase insecurity and target the local population. The number of internally displaced persons in Tillabery and Tahoua regions is estimated to be 42 000. Increased attacks against villages, aiming for cash, livestock, food and other assets, jeopardize the livelihoods of local populations. This situation tends to trigger more forced displacements. Local populations have difficult access to scarce functional public services (health, markets, education). Humanitarian access is limited to humanitarian corridors, while civil-military coordination struggles to provide support for humanitarian aid delivery.

  • DG ECHO and its partners are monitoring the situation and contributing to the response, mainly through the Rapid Response Mechanism.