Lake Chad Basin: Crisis Update No. 18 (11 August 2017)
• 6,700 people from Niger’s south-eastern region flee to Chad prompted by fear of Boko Haram attacks following the withdrawal of Chadian troops.
• Tripartite commission starts work on modalities to implement the agreement on the voluntary return of Nigerian refugees in Cameroon. Around 15,000 Nigerian refugees have returned since April.
• 14 people are killed in an attack against a newly-established camp for displaced people near Dikwa, in Nigeria’s north-eastern Borno state, on 28 July.
• A suicide bombing in Kablewa camp in Niger’s Diffa region leads to the displacement of 16,000 people.
• Flooding hampers aid delivery in several localities. Aid agencies are seeking alternative ways of transporting relief supplies to the affected locations.
• The number of people in need of assistance in Niger’s Diffa region increases from 340,000 to 408,000, as per the revised response plan.
• Funding shortage in Nigeria forces suspension of food distribution in areas of Borno and Yobe states.
• Nigeria Humanitarian Fund disburses $10.5 million to fund 15 projects across Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states.
• Troop withdrawal from certain conflict-hit localities across the region during the current rainy season has raised protection concerns and prompted populations to move to other areas for safety.
• Around 6,700 people have fled from neighbouring Niger into Chad’s Baga Sola area following a pull-out by Chadian forces. In Chad’s Lake region, new challenges for civilian protection risk arising, especially in areas from which the forces are leaving. Cameroon’s Logone and Chari department has seen a worrying spike in security risks following the relocation of the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) troops from the area.
• Floods have affected several localities across the Lake Chad Basin, severing road transport and helicopter landings and complicating relief assistance to hundreds of thousands of displaced people at a time when food insecurity is at its peak. Options including cross-border transportation and airlifts are being sought where possible.
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