Oxfam is providing life-saving support in Nigeria, Niger and Chad to people who have fled their home and to the communities in which they are taking shelter. We are providing people with desperately needed food as well as clean drinking water and sanitation to prevent the spread of disease.
Oxfam has supported over 250,000 people since we began responding to the crisis in Nigeria in May 2014. We are now working in three out of the four affected states. Oxfam plans to reach over 1.5 million people.
In Nigeria, Oxfam is working in Adamawa, Borno, and Gombe states, providing people with emergency food support, clean water and better sanitation, including constructing showers and repairing toilets, and making sure people have areas to wash their hands. We have set up community protection groups for women to give them information about access to support facilities if they have suffered from sexual violence and exploitation. We are distributing food and cooking equipment, as well as providing seeds and tools to help traders and farmers get back on their feet.
In the Diffa region in Niger an estimated 460,000 people have been affected by the conflict. Diffa borders Borno in Nigeria and people affected include Nigerian refugees, people who are fleeing their villages, and the communities that shelter them. People have seen their homes ruined, their lives completely disrupted. Children aren't going to school, and people can't find enough food. Oxfam has helped over 31,400 people since our emergency response began in 2015.
We are installing water systems to make sure people have clean water to drink, as well as distributing essential items such as cooking pots, buckets and water purifying tablets. Elsewhere in Niger there has been massive flooding, and in some regions where the lean season - the time when people are at the end of their food until the next harvest comes - there is desperate hunger.
Oxfam has recently started responding to the crisis in Chad, with the aim to reach over 30,000 people. Nearly 260,000 people are in need of aid, both refugees and people forced to flee within Chad itself. Oxfam will distribute cash and tarpaulins for shelter, and provide clean water to people, to help prevent the spread of diseases.