Nigeria Northeast: Humanitarian Overview (May 2017)

from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 19 May 2017


The changing nature of the conflict in Northeast Nigeria has resulted in widespread forced displacement, violations of international humanitarian and human rights law, severe protection concerns and a growing food and nutrition crisis of global proportion.

For the eighth consecutive year, civilians are suffering from relentless Boko Haram violence in the Northeast region, where the military has also ramped up counteroffensive operations.
Some 8.5 million people need humanitarian assistance in the worst-affected states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe.

Conflict and violence have forced more than 1.8 million people to flee their homes across the northeast - up to 55 per cent of these people are children. Three quarters of those internally displaced found shelter with host communities who are among the world’s poorest people.

Insecurity, especially in parts of Borno and Yobe states, continues to hamper humanitarian operations. However, through coordinated logistics and civil-military coordination efforts, humanitarian teams can now, to the extent possible, access areas previously inaccessible and new depths of devastation are uncovered: civilians desperately need food, health, protection, shelter, water and sanitation, and education.

In 2017, the strategic focus of humanitarian partners emphasizes on integrated and coordinated life-saving assistance, enhanced access and protection services, and resilience and durable solutions. The Nigeria Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) 2017 includes 172 approved projects to reach 6.9 million people – roughly 85 per cent of those in need – in the most affected states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe. This target is realistically based on the capacity of humanitarian partners, the level of access to the most affected people in need and the insecure environment.

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