USAID/OFDA provides more than $2 million for humanitarian interventions in Chad and Nigeria in FY 2016
Boko Haram-related attacks in Cameroon and Nigeria escalate in January
Number of food-insecure people in Cameroon doubles since June 2015
Humanitarian actors identify nearly 57,000 new IDPs in Chad
Attacks and raids by armed group Boko Haram continue to target internally displaced person (IDP) sites, markets, and villages in the Lake Chad Basin countries of Cameroon,
Chad, Niger, and Nigeria, according to the UN. Despite recent insecurity-related constraints in some areas, U.S. Government (USG) partners are addressing the humanitarian needs of vulnerable populations in the region.
On February 11, U.S. Ambassador to Niger Eunice S. Reddick redeclared a disaster due to the ongoing complex emergency in the country, highlighting humanitarian needs resulting from violence, food insecurity, and malnutrition in Niger.
USAID/OFDA is providing $1.5 million in new FY 2016 funding to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) to support humanitarian coordination and information management in Chad and Nigeria. With nearly $2.3 million in USAID/OFDA FY 2015 funding, OCHA supported the coordination of humanitarian efforts throughout the region, increasing the capacity of relief organizations to provide humanitarian assistance to IDPs and refugees throughout Lake Chad Basin.
USAID/OFDA is providing $500,000 to the UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) in Chad to facilitate transport to remote or hard-to-reach areas for humanitarian personnel and commodities.
The 2016 Sahel Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) requested $531 million to address humanitarian needs in Lake Chad Basin and a total of $1.98 billion for the Sahel region. As of mid-February, donors had committed more than $38 million to the Sahel HRP to address humanitarian needs in Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria.