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Lake Chad Snapshot: Issue 4 (December 2017 – January 2018)

Situation Report
Originally published


The Lake Chad Basin Crisis remains one of the largest humanitarian emergencies in the world and 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. Around 17 million people live in the affected areas across the four countries.

Protection issues are of grave concern with evidence of violence against children as well as all worst forms of child labour. In 2017, at least 135 children – five times as many as in 2016 – were forced to carry out bomb attacks, underscoring the level of violence, abuse and violations children, and in particular girls, are facing in the Lake Chad Basin.

More than 2.3 million people remain displaced (half of them are children). Most of the displaced families are hosted by communities that count among the world’s poorest and most vulnerable. Humanitarian actors are preparing for the voluntary return of 4,000 refugees from Cameroon planned for early 2018. Efforts are underway to ensure their return is safe and in dignity.

The Humanitarian Response Plans for 2018 and the Nigeria Regional Refugee Response Plan were launched, focusing on strengthening the nexus between humanitarian, development and peace interventions