Lake Chad Basin Emergency Hero

Lake Chad Basin Emergency

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Violence has displaced more than 200,000

Lake Chad Basin Emergency

Since 2015, attacks in Chad by the jihadist group Boko Haram, have led to the deaths of hundreds, displaced nearly 200,000 people and damaged the regional economy of the Lake Chad Basin (LCB). The consequences of the crisis in the Lake Chad Basin have been catastrophic.

As of May 2019 more than 179,000 people have fled their villages out of fear and have settled in other areas of Chad, leaving behind their sources of livelihood. Women and girls are often the targets of physical and sexual violence, far too many have experienced or witnessed atrocities.

Since January 2018, more than 2,000 protection cases (rape, abuse, harassment etc..) have been recorded in the areas of displacement. In addition to physical dangers, there is limited access to basic social services (education, health care, water, hygiene and sanitation). Extreme poverty and the absence of development initiatives are root causes exacerbating the current humanitarian crisis. Due to the low level of funding, many critical needs have remained unmet.

By the end of 2018, only 33% of required funds (out of a total of $121 million USD) to meet the Lake Chad Basin’s needs were sourced.

World Vision has been responding to the needs of families affected by the Lake Chad Basin (LCB) crisis since 2016 in both Chad as well as Niger (where many families have fled) through interventions focused on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), Food Security, Livelihood development and Resilience as well as protecting children and addressing issues caused by imbalances in gender. 

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LCB Emergency Map
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Lake Chad Basin Emergency Response

Learn more about how the Lake Chad crisis affects children and what we are doing to help them.