The violent conflict in the Lake Chad Basin has continuously deteriorated. Boko Haram raids and suicide bombings targeting civilians are causing widespread trauma, preventing people from accessing essential services and destroying vital infrastructure. Around 21 million people live in the affected areas across the four Lake Chad countries. The number of displaced people in the most affected areas has tripled over the last two years. Most of the displaced families are sheltered by communities that count among the world’s poorest and most vulnerable. Food insecurity and malnutrition in the affected region have reached critical levels.
Following a review of sectoral priorities in September, humanitarian partners are now seeking US$739 million to respond to the Lake Chad Basin crisis, up from $520 million at the start of the year. Aid organizations have increased presence and stepped up operations to deliver assistance across the affected region and address the needs of populations in newly-accessible areas. The response, however, remains significantly underfunded with only US$197million, less than one third of the total requirement, received as of mid-September. In recent months, hundreds of thousands civilians in dire need of humanitarian assistance have become accessible in north-eastern Nigeria localities where the army has regained control from Boko Haram. The armed group continues to carry out attacks across the region, and insecurity remains an impediment to access. In Chad’s western Lac region, several aid groups recently suspended operations owing to a series of attacks attributed to Boko Haram. At least seven attacks have been reported so far this month in Niger’s south-eastern Diffa region.
Cameroonian villages near the border with Nigeria continue to come under attack, too.