Food insecurity. Acute malnutrition. Epidemics. Natural disasters. Forced displacement.
It’s hard to imagine a situation much worse than what Niger is facing right now.
Not only is Niger in the midst of five major crises, but it is also vulnerable to cross-border attacks from Boko Haram, whose fighters periodically target refugee camps in Niger.
Attacks have led to massive population movements, as many families have been forced to leave their homes in search of shelter; somewhere where they can feel safe.
We’ve worked in Diffa, a region of Niger that shares a border with Nigeria.
Half of the population there live on less than $1.25 a day. Malnutrition rates are among the highest in Africa – but now local families are sharing their limited food stocks with refugees.
To make matters worse, Boko Haram attacks had reached Diffa town itself, meaning those who had been hosting refugees from Nigeria are were then fleeing their own homes too.
Where is Niger?
Niger is a landlocked country in West Africa. It is almost completely covered by the Saharan desert.
It borders Nigeria and Benin to the south, Burkina Faso and Mali to the west, Algeria and Libya to the north, and Chad to the east.
In recent years, Niger has received thousands of refugees from both Nigeria and Mali. Families from Nigeria are fleeing the Boko Haram insurgency, whilst families from Mali have been escaping political instability.
Today the crisis has become more complex, with extreme poverty, underdevelopment and climate change adding to the violence that has forced millions of people from their homes.
Millions in the Lake Chad Basin are in extreme hardship and dependent on humanitarian aid to survive.
A SELECTION OF THE AID WE'VE PROVIDED IN NIGER
When families have been forced to run from conflict and terror, they arrive at displacement camps with nothing.
Every aid item we can provide will help to rebuild a small part of their lives.
This is the aid we were waiting for. I want to send my gratitude to ShelterBox and their supporters.