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Lake Chad Basin: Crisis Overview (as of 11 August 2017)

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Background

Around 17 million people live in the affected areas across the four Lake Chad basin countries. More than 2.4 million people remain displaced. Most of the displaced families are sheltered by communities that count among the world’s poorest and most vulnerable. Food insecurity and malnutrition have reached critical levels.

Recent developments

Several roads have been cut off and helicopter landings made difficult by flooding in various localities across Nigeria’s north-eastern region.
This has constrained aid delivery to tens of thousands of people displaced by the long-running Boko Haram violence.
Humanitarian organisations are looking for options such as transporting supplies from neighbouring countries or air drops. The rainy season has also seen the relocation of military forces from certain areas, prompting civilians to flee elsewhere for safety. Around 6,700 people from Niger have fled to Baga Sola area in western Chad after Chadian forces pulled out of their position in Niger. The relocation of the Multi-National Joint Task force troops from certain border localities in Cameroon’s Logone and Chari department has left residents and aid groups fearing increased insecurity. Meanwhile, sites hosting the displaced and densely populated areas in Nigeria’s Borno state have been hit by a series of suicide attacks. More than 145 girls have been used by Boko Haram to carry out the blasts in the past seven months, according to reports.

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