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UNICEF Niger Humanitarian Situation Report, October 2017

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 Attacks by Boko Haram continued in the Diffa region on several villages. 11 people including 4 women and 4 children were arrested by Defense and security forces under suspicion of association with the violent extremist group.

 UNICEF continued the planned NFI assistance to victims of floods, in support to the government, for 680 households of 22 villages of Maradi region. UNICEF overall NFI response to floods reached 5,330 households (36,152 people).

 October 2017 saw the largest number of separated and unaccompanied children ever registered on forced returnees from Algeria. 26 children (including 3 girls and 1 boy with disabilities) aged 4 and 17 were registered. UNICEF pursued its collaboration with IOM and the regional decentralized technical services on psychosocial support, food, emergency health care, and family tracing, as well as supportfrom social workers for children reunified with their families.

 As of end of October (week 43), UNICEF and partners admitted 277,634 children under 5 years suffering from severe acute malnutrition (SAM) in health facilities across the country (90% of the 2017 revised caseload)

Situation Overview & Humanitarian Needs

In Agadez region, following the joint advocacy from humanitarian actors, including UNICEF, the Governorate made available 2 hectares to be used to set up a hosting site for returning migrants. The challenge remains to make the site viable for the hosting of returnees, in terms of availability of services which respond to the minimum international standards. In particular the setting up of water and electricity lines, the construction of latrines and the fencing of the site remain still to be addressed. According to IOM Flow-monitoring report, from January to October 2017 over 24,000 migrants returned to Niger the country from Algeria, including 1,443 minors (1,058 unaccompanied), and more than 68,000 from Libya, including 2,448 minors (599 unaccompanied). October 2017 saw the largest number of separated and unaccompanied children ever registered on forced returnees from Algeria. 26 children (including 3 girls and 1 boy with disabilities) aged 4 and 17 were registered. UNICEF pursued its collaboration with IOM and the regional decentralized technical services on psychosocial support, food, emergency health care, and family tracing, as well as support from social workers for children reunified with their families.

As part of the response to the floods which had affected over 206,000 people in several regions, and in coordination with the NFI Working Group, UNICEF, the General Directorate for Civil Protection and the Ministry of Humanitarian Action and Disaster Relief continued to provide NFI assistance to 680 households (8,217 people) in 22 villages of the Maradi region.Since the beginning of the rainy season in June 2017 UNICEF has supported 5,330 families (36,152 people).