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 340,000 people are in need of emergency aid
because of the Boko Haram 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.
In Chad, nearly 345,000 people are in
need of aid, both refugees and people forced to flee
within Chad itself. Oxfam is distributing cash and tarpaulins for shelter, and providing clean water to people to help prevent the spread of diseases.