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Lake Chad Snapshot: Issue 5 (February – March 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 17.4 Million people live in the affected areas across the four countries. More than 2.3 million people remain displaced, with 218,000 Nigerians living as refugees in the neighbouring countries.

The past two months were marked by increasing insecurity, kidnappings and major incidents that claimed lives and disrupted humanitarian assistance.

In March, the Maiduguri-Bama-Banki road, which also connects Nigeria to the neighbouring countries of Cameroon and Chad, was reopened after four years of closure due to insecurity. Approximately 3,700 IDPs of Bama origin were relocated from Maiduguri to Bama town at the beginning of April. The number of people in need of humanitarian assistance has increased significantly due to the influx.

The UN Security Council met to discuss the Lake Chad Basin and the implementation of resolution 2349, with a focus on the root causes of the Boko Haram crisis.

The Nigerian Government signed the Safe School Declaration that has been supported and advocated for by Plan International.