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While scaled-up humanitarian efforts narrowly averted famine last year, continuing conflict has left almost eleven million people in urgent need of life-saving assistance, including almost eight million affected people in northeast Nigeria alone. Yet due to continuing conflict, the Lake Chad Basin remains an acute and ever-evolving humanitarian crisis, and action is required to ensure that humanitarian aid in is continued and expanded to those that are most affected. Although the four governments have claimed victory over the non-state armed groups operating in the area, people in the Lake Chad region continue to feel the devastating effects of fighting that has driven millions of people from their homes and made them dependent on relief services.
Since October50, people have fled their homes in northeast Nigeria due to the ongoing conflict. While many people displaced from their homes in these areas of Borno State are eager to return, continuing insecurity, coupled with the risk to internally displaced persons IDPs and returnees encountering dangerous explosive remnants of war, and lack of basic services like health and education makes this currently unrealistic.
Direct targeting, abductions and killing of civilians - including the use of women and children as person-borne improvised explosive devices PBIEDs - and retaliatory military offensives have created a climate of fear, distrust and abuse.
Women and girls are particularly vulnerable to sexual violence and exploitation with more than a thousand cases reported to just one protection agency in northeast Nigeria; many more likely remain unreported due to stigmatization and fear of reprisal. However, the food security and nutrition situation remains extremely fragile across the four countries, exacerbated by cycles of disease outbreaks such as cholera and Hepatitis E. Without maintaining and expanding food and livelihood assistance, it is estimated that nearly four million people in Nigeria will become critically food insecure in the lean season of Two million people are already food insecure across Cameroon, Niger and Chad.
Over half a million children already suffer from malnutrition, most of them in northeast Nigeria, with no of that rate decreasing. In the past year, humanitarian actors were able to expand their reach and delivery of assistance, but barriers to movement remain in many places, preventing assistance from reaching hundreds of Lake girl needing attention of the most vulnerable people. An estimatedpeople remain hard to reach by international humanitarian actors in northeast Nigeria.
Obstacles include insecurity, restrictions by authorities and logistical challenges. These have left people in large parts of northeast Nigeria, most of the islands of the Lake in Chad, and some areas in Niger without access to the aid they need.
The Lake Chad crisis is far from being resolved, and the situation requires increased political and financial attention from the governments of the region and the international community. Lives and livelihoods are at stake and more must be done to meet the basic needs and ensure the safety and dignity of vulnerable women, men and children.
This complex and protracted humanitarian crisis has resulted in the displacement of more than 2. Half of them are children. An entire generation of children is missing out on an education in Boko Haram-affected Nigeria, warns Plan International. Lake Chad Crisis: Millions remain in desperate need of aid. One year after Oslo Conference funds forestalled famine in the Lake Chad Basin, millions of people are still in desperate need of aid.
Myriam and her 2-year-old twins Awa and Adam are among theinternally displaced people strewn across the open and far-stretching Diffa hinterland. Plan International has deployed 15 mobile units to reach remote communities in the Lake Chad region with nutritional advice and provide general health screening from a certified doctor. Tweet Share Share .
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