• Crisis Severity ?
    3.4
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Impact ?
    3.0
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Humanitarian Conditions ?
    3.3
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Complexity ?
    4.0
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Access Constraints ?
    4.0
    No constraints
    Extreme constraints

Key figures

  • 1,346,000 People in Need [?]
  • 1,310,000 Moderate humanitarian conditions - Level 3 [?]
  • 36,000 Severe humanitarian conditions - Level 4 [?]

Overview

30/11/2020

Instability in the Malian regions of Gao and Menaka has spread into Niger, particularly affecting the border areas of Tahoua and Tillaberi regions. Attacks, especially against schools, and abductions have also been reported in areas that border Burkina Faso as Islamist armed groups take advantage of the porous border to lead actions across the region and evade both Malian and Nigerien armed forces. The crisis has led to destabilisation of the region by causing large-scale population movements. There has also been a notable growth in the use of improvised explosive devices targeting military operations but resulting in civilian casualties.? More than 137,000 people are currently displaced in Tahoua and Tillaberi regions which also host some 55,000 Malian refugees.?

Latest Developments

12/08/2021

No significant recent humanitarian developments. This crisis is being monitored by our analysis team.

Humanitarian Access

22/09/2020

High constraints

Humanitarian access continues to be restricted because of the unpredictable security situation, with recent developments imposing further constraints on the delivery of aid. The safety of humanitarian workers has been of particular concern following the killing of seven aid workers in Koure (Tillaberi region) on 9 August. Since 2 September, military escorts are required nationwide outside of Niger’s major cities for all travel by diplomats and international organisations. These restrictions have heavily impacted humanitarian operations and prevented international organisations from accessing affected populations. Some humanitarian organisations have suspended activities that require military escorts. Humanitarian operations in some areas of the Tahoua and Tillaberi regions bordering Mali and Burkina Faso are extremely challenging, because of insecurity and government restrictions. The risk of violence makes free movement for the affected population very difficult. As the rainy season ends – it usually lasts from June–October – and as roads that were flooded become useable, armed group activity is expected to increase, generating further access constraints.

Read more in the latest ACAPS Humanitarian Access Overview.