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Lake Chad Basin: Crisis Overview (as of 3 February 2017)



Around 17 million people live in the affected areas across the four Lake Chad basin countries. The number of displaced people 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 have reached critical levels.

Recent developments

There has been a significant increase of the number of security incidents and attacks in January, rendering many areas hard to reach. On 17 January, a Nigerian military jet accidentally bombed an IDP site in Rann, Borno state, killing more than 100 civilians. The site hosts more than 35,000 internally displaced people. UNHAS helicopters were deployed to evacuate victims to Maiduguri and transport medical supplies and doctors to Rann.

In January, the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) allocated US$42 million to the Lake Chad crisis, including US$22 million for Nigeria, US$10 million for Cameroon and US$10 million for Niger. The European Commission released US$43 million in additional humanitarian aid. On 24 February, a humanitarian conference on Nigeria and the Lake Chad region will take place in Oslo, hosted by the Government of Norway in partnership with the Governments of Germany and Nigeria. The conference aims to raise political and material support for the humanitarian response in the Lake Chad Basin region. The four country Humanitarian Response Plans (HRPs) appeal for a total US$1.5 billion to assist 8.2 million people.


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