Drought, floods, and epidemics in Niger frequently drive food security, nutrition, and health crises. Compounding this situation, and despite regional military efforts, Boko Haram (BH) attacks impact civilian populations along the Komadougou Yobe River and the shores of Lake Chad, and have caused extensive displacement.

2.3 million people are in need in Niger, including 419,000 people in Diffa region, where more than 200,000 people are displaced, including IDPs, returnees, and refugees from Nigeria.?The region borders Chad and Nigeria and has been severely affected by Boko Haram’s sporadic attacks and military operations around Lake Chad. Despite the large number of humanitarian actors in Diffa, the displaced struggle to access sufficient water, food, and sanitation infrastructure.?Niger is also a transit country for migrants heading towards Europe. Some of them become stranded around Agadez and need protection assistance. ?

INFORM measures Niger's risk of humanitarian crisis and disaster to be high, at 7.2/10, up from 5.6/10 in 2016. Niger's lack of coping capacity, measured at 7.6/10 is of particular concern.??

Latest Developments

20/05: 11,000 people have been internally displaced in Tillabery region since the beginning of 2018 due to a significant deterioration of the security situation.?

Key figures

  • 2,300,000 People in need  [?]
  • 1,750,000 People in Need of nutritional support  [?]
  • 1,420,000 People in Need of Food Assistance  [?]
  • 166,000 Refugees  [?]
  • 129,500 IDPs in Diffa  [?]

Key priorities

Displaced in Diffa region continue to be in need of food, health, protection and WASH support.?

Health, particularly hepatitis E, malaria, meningitis and measles.?

Information Gaps and needs

  • Accurate health data for the whole country
  • Insecurity in Diffa, Dosso, Tahoua limits the availability of sectoral data.
  • Estimating the exact number of migrants dying in the desert of Niger during their journeys is challenging due to the desert’s vastness.
Key documents