Continued armed group attacks result in displacement and insecurity across the region
Multiple food security analyses anticipate that many households in northeastern Nigeria will face an elevated risk of acute food insecurity through mid-2018
Transport delays continue to disrupt humanitarian distributions to northeast Nigeria
Persistent attacks against civilians are a major concern for humanitarian organizations. During the week of November 19, media reported that violence in Nigeria’s Adamawa State resulted in the deaths of 90 people, including an attack on November 21 in Adamawa’s town of Mubi that resulted in nearly 60 deaths, as well as an armed group attempt to gain control of Borno State’s Magumeri town that resulted in the deaths of at least three civilians on November 25.
Borno State Ministry of Health (SMoH) officials have not recorded a cholera-associated death since October 11. Health officials identified only eight suspected new cases of cholera between November 18 and 24. Relief organizations, including USAID/OFDA partners, continue to conduct prevention and treatment activities in affected areas.
The USAID-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) and an updated Cadre Harmonisé (CH) report—a tool used in West Africa for the classification and quantification of food insecurity—anticipate that below-average harvests and high food prices will result in many households in Nigeria’s Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states continuing to rely heavily on humanitarian assistance through mid-2018.
Both food security analyses report that many poor and displaced households in northeast Nigeria will face Crisis—IPC 3—levels of acute food insecurity through May 2018; humanitarian assistance is preventing a deterioration to Emergency—IPC 4—levels of acute food insecurity for some populations.4 Households in inaccessible areas will face an elevated risk of Famine—IPC 5—through mid-2018, according to the reports.