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UNICEF | Lake Chad basin : Children on the move, children left behind - Uprooted or trapped by Boko Haram | August 2016

 

The report notes that:
• In addition to the 2.6 million people currently displaced, an additional 2.2 million people – over half of them children – are feared to be trapped in areas under the control of Boko Haram and need humanitarian assistance.
• An estimated 38 children have been used to carry out suicide attacks in Lake Chad basin so far this year, bringing to 86 the total number of children used as suicide bombers since 2014.
• An estimated 475,000 children across Lake Chad will suffer from severe acute malnutrition this year, up from 175,000 at the beginning of the year.
• In north-east Nigeria alone, an estimated 20,000 children have been separated from their families.
The report also notes that most of the displaced population – more than 8 in 10 people – are staying with families and neighbours, putting additional strain on some of the world’s poorest communities.

“Local communities are sharing the little they have to help those in need in an act of humanity that is replicated in thousands of homes across the conflict-affect areas,” said Fontaine.

UNICEF is working with partners to meet the basic needs of children and their families in the conflict-affected areas. So far this year, nearly 170,000 children received psychosocial support, almost 100,000 were treated for severe acute malnutrition and over 100,000 took part in learning programmes.

Operation(s)/ Webspace(s): 
Organization(s): 
United Nations Children's Fund
Original Publication Date: 
25 Aug 2016
Document type: 
Analysis Report
Location(s): 
Cameroon
Disaster(s)/Emergency: 
Sahel Crisis: 2011-2017