The world’s most overlooked crisis in the Lake Chad Basin continues to affect the North-East of Nigeria, the Far North Region of Cameroon, the Lac Region of Chad and the Diffa Region in Niger with 17 million people living in these areas. This complex and protracted humanitarian crisis has resulted in the displacement of more than 2.3 million people, half of them are children.
Civilians are deliberately targeted. Cross-border raids by insurgents and suicide bombings have increased during the last two months. These attacks are directly affecting Plan International’s programme implementation across the Lake Chad region.
Protection issues are of grave concern with evidence of violence against children as well as all worst forms of child labour. Hundreds of cases of sexual violence, physical aggression and other violations continue to be reported. Women and girls face unabated gender based violence - they have been targeted, abducted and held hostage, raped or forced into marriage.
Humanitarian needs will remain high into 2018 and beyond. Continued support from the international community behind national efforts, will be essential, combined with increased recovery and development efforts.