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Lake Chad Basin: Crisis Overview (as of 11 July 2016)

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The violent conflict in the Lake Chad Basin has continuously deteriorated. Boko Haram raids and suicide bombings targeting civilians are causing widespread trauma, preventing people from accessing essential services and destroying vital infrastructure. Around 21 million people live in the affected areas across the four Lake Chad countries. The number of displaced people in the most affected areas has tripled over the last two years. Most of the displaced families are sheltered by communities that count among the world’s poorest and most vulnerable. Food insecurity and malnutrition in the affected region have reached alarming levels.

Recent developments

Around 70,000 people have been displaced following recent Boko Haram attacks in Niger’s south-eastern Bosso area. Insecurity has been on the rise in Diffa region over the past three months as the armed group has come under pressure from military operations in Cameroon and Nigeria.

Hunger and malnutrition are worsening in several parts of the Lake Chad Basin. Tens of thousands of displaced people n Nigeria's north-eastern Borno State are in desperate conditions facing acute food shortages and suffering from severe malnutrition.

Humanitarian teams are now reaching newly accessible areas in Borno, such as Bama,
Damboa, Dikwa and Monguno, and are working to broaden response.

In June, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) disbursed US$13 million to provide life-saving assistance to 250,000 newly accessible people in north-east Nigeria, and approved a US$10 million allocation to respond to the crisis in the Lac region and food insecurity in the Sahel regions of Chad.

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