Nigeria Northeast: Humanitarian Overview (September 2017)

OPERATIONAL CONTEXT

The humanitarian crisis in Nigeria’s northeast and the Lake Chad region is one of the most severe in the world today, with 8.5 million people in need of humanitarian assistance in 2017 in the worst-affected states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe. Now in its eighth year, the crisis shows no sign of abating.

Civilians continue to bear the brunt of a conflict that has resulted in widespread forced displacement, violations of international humanitarian and human rights law, severe protection concerns and a food and nutrition crisis of massive proportions.

Today more than 1.7 million people are internally displaced in the three states in the northeast; 80 per cent of the IDPs are in Borno state, the epicenter of the crisis, and over half are living outside IDP camps in local communities, who are themselves among the world’s poorest people.

Insecurity, especially in swathes of Borno state, continues to hamper humanitarian operations. However, through coordinated logistics and civil-military coordination efforts, humanitarian teams can now access some areas that were previously inaccessible. This has revealed new depths of devastation and humanitarian need.

For 2017/8, the strategic focus of humanitarian partners is on integrated and coordinated life-saving assistance, strengthened protection of civilians, enhanced humanitarian access and durable solutions, especially for those returning home after a period of displacement.

The 2017 Nigeria Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) appeals for $1.05 billion to target 6.9 million people for humanitarian assistance. This target is based on the capacity of humanitarian partners, the level and quality of humanitarian access to the most affected people in need and the insecure environment. As of 1 September 2017, the HRP is 48 per cent funded.

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