More than 800 people arrive in Nigeria’s Banki town from Cameroon, bringing total returns to more than 13,000 since mid-April
Nigerian officials, relief actors coordinate to expand IDP site capacity in Borno by establishing new camps to accommodate the population influx
Rainy season exacerbates the spread of waterborne hepatitis E in bordering communities of Niger and Nigeria
On June 17, more than 800 people arrived in Nigeria’s Banki town, located in Borno State’s Bama Local Government Area (LGA), from Cameroon’s Minawao refugee camp, according to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Borno State officials and relief agencies are establishing a new internally displaced person (IDP) site in Bama and considering an additional site in nearby Gwoza LGA to alleviate overcrowding, as population influxes from Cameroon into Nigeria in recent months have strained already limited resources.
The Government of Nigeria (GoN) National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) provided emergency food assistance to approximately 12,700 households in Borno in mid-June, under the recently launched GoN Special Relief Initiative in the Northeast.
The new initiative aims to deliver 30,000 metric tons (MT) of food assistance to displaced households in Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba, and Yobe states.
Since early January, health actors in Niger have recorded nearly 900 suspected or confirmed cases of hepatitis E, of which approximately 60 percent occurred in conflictaffected Diffa Region. The onset of the rainy season has exacerbated the spread of hepatitis E in neighboring Nigeria, where health agencies are also responding to a recent uptick in cases in Borno’s Mobbar and Ngala LGAs. Humanitarian agencies in both countries are bolstering water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services, educating communities on safe sanitation practices, and improving coordination among WASH actors and other stakeholders to prevent further spread of hepatitis E.