Insecurity stemming from crises in neighbouring countries impacts populations in Niger. In Diffa region, where a state of emergency has been in place since 2015, Boko Haram continues to carry out sporadic attacks on civilians and against the authorities.? Cross-border intercommunal tensions also affect Tillaberi and Tahoua regions, leading to significant population displacement.? Since September 2018, the Burkina Faso border area has seen increasing attacks by jihadist armed groups against the local population and authorities, leading to a State of Emergency declared in several departments.? Insecurity also continues to limit food and humanitarian access, amplifying the effects of drought and floods. In Niger, more than 1.2 million people are expected to face IPC Phase 3 (Crisis) or worse between June and August 2019.?
INFORM measures Niger's risk of humanitarian crisis and disaster to be high, at 6.7/10. Niger’s lack of coping capacity measured at 7.6/10 is of particular concern.?
04/04: Some 15,000 people from the villages of Gueskérou and Chétimari were newly displaced in Diffa region due to the increasing number of attacks against civilians by Boko Haram. In March alone, some 20 attacks were registered leading to the death of at least 90 civilians. Displaced populations are likely to be in need of shelter, food and NFIs.?
Food: A longer than usual lean season in 2018, insecurity and mass displacements have disrupted normal functioning of markets and the main livelihoods.
Health: More than half of the population have no access to healthcare. Quality and coverage of available services are severely limited, especially in areas affected by displacement.
Information Gaps and needs
- Insecurity in Diffa, Dosso, Tahoua, and Tillabery limits the availability of data.
- Many migrants go missing in the desert, although the exact number is unknown.