Nigeria + 3 more

Nigeria: UNHCR - Operation at a Glance, Issue #4: July 2017

Situation Report
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  • Strategy for Return Monitoring

  • Protection monitoring, analysis and response

  • Community-based protection

  • Operationalizing the Tripartite Agreement and implementing the Return and Reintegration

  • Registration and profiling

  • Supporting self-reliance activities

  • Access to Justice

  • Coordination of Protection Sector Working Groups at National and State levels

  • Camp Coordination Management Camp, Shelter and Non-Food Items Sector activities in Adamawa & Yobe States and return areas in Borno State Resource mobilization


The general security situation in North-Eastern Nigeria remains fluid and unpredictable. Although many areas previously occupied by Boko Haram have been recaptured, the group remains a threat to civilians, UN agencies and other aid organizations. Incidents of explosions, ambush on military and civilian road convoys and kidnappings remain a daily concern. The only means of transport to ‘newly accessible areas’ for humanitarian aid workers continues to be the UN humanitarian helicopter as road access remains a challenge due to the constant threat of imminent attacks by the insurgent group. Whilst air access does provide for some level of support, the frequency of movement by the civilian population and the limited capacity of the air service to transport all aid workers makes planning and implementing interventions challenging and underscores the narrow parameters of the operational scope. UNHCR and other aid agencies continue to maintain a strong presence where it is possible through local partners and current rotational deployment of staff.

While UNHCR and the rest of the humanitarian community remain cautiously optimistic that the insurgency will come to an end, the trend of events and complexity of the situation make it difficult to predict exactly when. Boko Haram attacks will continue to affect the civilian population with devastating consequences and a significant number of persons continue to be displaced in the wake of ongoing counter insurgency measures by the military. This has a negative impact on the protection space and the civilian character of displacement sites, resulting in wide scale escalation of protection risks and an increase in human rights violations and abuses.