On September 24th, attacks on villages located 40 km south-west of Diffa have caused a worsening of the security situation. 15 people have been killed - including a village chief, 4 have been injured and over 6000 fled their homes, with young people counting for over 50% of the newly displaced.
UNICEF partner COOPI, conducted a mission on September 26th to evaluate the psychosocial situation and provided a first psychosocial support to traumatized victims in the displacement temporary sites of Koublé and Boudoum. Child Friendly Spaces were also set up. The mission reported urgent humanitarian needs in terms of food, shelter and non-food items (NFI).
An interagency multi-sectoral mission is planned for October, to evaluate the most urgent gaps in the temporary sites and to prepare a response plan. UNICEF will be part of the mission.
While schools in the whole country will reopen on October 1st, 151 schools located along the Komadougou River will remain closed due to insecurity. These schools have been closed since February 2015. The regional directorate of education is proposing a re-localization plan to guarantee primary education to the 8,089 students of the schools. The relocation plan is being prepared and budgeted by regional education authorities.
UNICEF continues to provide humanitarian assistance in Diffa region, in collaboration with its partners. Since the beginning of the year, as of September 20th, a total 13,672 children under five suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) have been admitted for treatment (out of target of 24,438), out of which 12 % declared their status as refugees from Nigeria;
As of 20th of September 2015 (week 38), 242,609 severely acute malnourished children have been admitted for treatment of severe acute malnutrition nationwide. About 12.6% (30,530) of all admissions presented severe medical complications needing intensive care and stabilization before transferring to the outpatient treatment. The admission to date represent 66% of the estimated annual caseload for 2015 (368,114).