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Lake Chad Basin: Crisis Overview (as of 26 March 2018)

Recent developments

The recent months have been marked by major incidents of insecurity that have claimed lives and disrupted humanitarian operations. On 1 March, armed attackers raided Rann town in Nigeria’s north-east, killing three aid workers and abducting three others. Humanitarian workers have been temporarily relocated from the town. Two weeks earlier, heavily armed men stormed a school in Dapchi, also in north-east Nigeria, and kidnapped over 100 school girls, most of whom have reportedly been freed. Attacks are recurrent and insecurity is prevalent. In January alone, Cameroon’s Far North region suffered more than 30 armed attacks. Also in January, some 8,000 people were uprooted in the region’s Mayo Tsanaga department by the attacks and military operations. During a visit to Cameroon and Chad, UN Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator, Ursula Mueller, called on the international community and Governments to support humanitarian actors in increasing their operations. Funding shortfalls, alongside impediments to access, are major obstacles to providing adequate relief assistance. This year, USS$1.6 billion are needed to assist 7.8 million conflict-affected people. Last year, the $1.5 billion budget received 62 per cent of the funds.

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
25 Mar 2018
Map/Infographic Type: 
Humanitarian Snapshot
Coordination hub(s): 
Bureau Régional pour l'Afrique de l'Ouest et du Centre
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