In western Africa insurgent and extremist violence has displaced three million people - including 1.4 million children. Many have fled from Nigeria into the brutally dry and harsh region around Lake Chad where the borders of Chad, Niger, Cameroon and Nigeria all meet.
This massive, almost invisible, conflict has left over 17 million people in need of urgent assistance and has forced the already poor citizens of Chad, Niger and Cameroon to host and care for the many tens of thousands of strangers arriving in their communities.
World Vision is on the ground, responding to this unprecedented humanitarian crisis, expanding decades of work in Niger and Chad to support the displaced and their hosts who are in Diffa region (Niger) and Lac region (Chad).
Niger: The country’s south eastern Diffa region is faced with an unprecedented security crisis and humanitarian emergency since the first surge of attacks by Boko Haram in 2015. Diffa is hosting over 340,000 people (refugees, internally displaced and returnees) who are in need of assistance.
Chad: Chad’s western Lac region lives with continual insecurity due to Boko Haram attacks. Currently 303,000 people are in need and the resulting displacement of people has underlined the vulnerability of those who have been forced to flee the violence and also the communities that host these displaced people.
Since September 2016, World Vision is working with communities, families in camps and settlement sites in below sectors:
- Child protection: 2, 037 children received psychosocial support and participated in creative activities such as art and fun games by attending Child Friendly Spaces
- Water and Hygiene: 61, 411 people were provided with access to clean water and improved sanitation facilities (construction of boreholes and latrines, hygiene promotion activities and kits distribution)
- Emergency items / Non Food Items: 5,297 people received NFI kits, mats, mosquito nets, tarpaulin sheets, water containers, etc.
The response has reached 68,000 vulnerable people, mostly children and women. World Vision in partnership with governments, UN agencies, NGOs and donors, has brought water to the needy, run child friendly and safety programmes, supported sanitation and hygiene programmes and well as provided much needed survival kits.
World Vision has increased its funding requirement to $15 million, from its earlier appeal of $10 million, in order to aid additional 91,000 most vulnerable people in what is already one of the poorest regions of the world.