▪ In the month of February, in the Diffa region, attacks by non-state armed groups and inter-community conflict continued, displacing 407 household.
▪ Following an attack on January 17th on the village of N’Zouett, Tillabery region, at the border with Mali, populations were forced by non-state armed groups to leave their village within 48 hours; 75 displaced families (506 people) arrived to the village of Tiloa, and received multisectoral assistance coordinated by the Intercluster. UNICEF provided NFI, WASH and education assistance.
▪ In February, 1,084 migrants expelled by Algeria arrived in the IOM Transit Center in Agadez. The group included 12 unaccompanied children (two girls), who were supported by UNICEF and the Regional Department for Child Protection with psychosocial support, food, health checkup, NFI, and family tracing/reunion.
▪ The dire nutrition situation in Niger could be further worsen given the drought affecting the Sahel region, the rise of prices and the strike affecting the health sector. Nutrition sector partners are working toward strengthening emergency preparedness and response planning for nutrition interventions
Situation Overview & Humanitarian Needs
According to the 2018 Humanitarian Needs Overview, 2.3 million people will be in need of humanitarian assistance in 2018 in Niger. The needs analysis shows the persistence of five major crises affecting the country: food insecurity (1.4 million people estimated in need), malnutrition (1.7 million people), epidemics (1,170,000 people), floods (170,000 people) and population movements due to conflict or migration (392,305 people).
The deterioration of the security situation in the districts bordering Mali caused the activation of the Intercluster contingency plan. Out of the 84,000-people estimated in the plan, over 40,000 were considered to be at risk of displacements due to threats of attacks and / or military operations. In January,the first 75 displaced families (506 people) arrived in Tiloa, Tillabery region. The protection cluster alerted on the risk of similar displacement for over 40,000 people.
In February, the Diffa region received the joint mission of the Humanitarian Coordinator, high Representative of the government, humanitarian country team members and donors. One of the keys discussion points focused on the nexus humanitarian and development.
The dire nutrition situation in Niger could be further worsen given the drought affecting the Sahel region, the rise of prices and the strike affecting the health sector. Nutrition sector partners are working toward strengthening emergency preparedness and response planning for nutrition interventions.