Nigeria

Country Facts

DRC present since:

2015

Staff on location:

292

Displaced population:

10,600,000

What we do

Displacement Situation 

After more than a decade of active conflict, the crisis in northeastern Nigeria remains one of the most severe in the world. Forced displacement, exacerbated by climate shocks and disease outbreaks, has left over 10.6 million people in need of humanitarian assistance and protection across the BAY (Borno, Adamawa and Yobe) states. This protracted crisis is characterized by grave human rights violations and widespread protection concerns, including chronic threats to physical safety and security, sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), arbitrary arrests and detention, abduction, and forced recruitment into armed groups.  

Over 1.9 million people in the region are internally displaced, of which a staggering 80% are women and children, with one in four under the age of five. Sudden, large-scale displacements have triggered worsening living conditions in the region’s already-congested camps and informal settlements, perpetuating and heightening the already severe protection risks. The lack of economic and livelihood opportunities, marked deterioration in food security, and limited access to essential basic services all negatively impact the well-being, and further undermine the resilience, of IDP, returnee, and host communities in Nigeria. 

DRC Response 

Danish Refugee Council (DRC) has had an operational presence in Nigeria since 2015, and has experience working in 33 Local Government Areas (LGAs) across the BAY states. DRC provides life-saving assistance and protection to vulnerable, conflict-affected populations including IDPs, returnees, and host communities in the sectors of armed violence reduction, livelihoods, nutrition and food security, protection, shelter and non-food items (NFI) and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). The operational context in northeastern Nigeria remains challenging, as the ongoing conflict impedes conflict-affected communities’ access to what limited basic services are available, as well as DRC and other humanitarians’ access to persons of concern. 

Contact

Yann Faivre

Executive Director West & North Africa and Latin America

[email protected]

Rasmus Dahlbom Nielsen

Country Director

[email protected]

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''Now, my children can go back to school and there is enough food to eat in the house''

Musa, from Borno state in North-east Nigeria, is 68 years old, has a wife and 13 children. This is his story: “I used to be a farmer before the conflict at Gurgehelm town of Askira Uba. The conflict struck in September 2014, we ran away and left all we had behind. It was a terrible experience. Everything became very difficult as we were displaced for two years before returning back to our village. It became so bad that my children had to beg to be able to eat. My family got selected to receive assistance and that was how my hope was restored. I received money that helped me buy enough food for my family. I go out to farm for people and get paid and I added the money to the little I saved and started farming again on my own. My life is getting back to normal, and I am very happy. Now, my children can go back to school and there is enough food to eat in the house. Thank you, DRC you changed my life."

''Now, my children can go back to school and there is enough food to eat in the house''

Musa, from Borno state in North-east Nigeria, is 68 years old, has a wife and 13 children. This is his story: “I used to be a farmer before the conflict at Gurgehelm town of Askira Uba. The conflict struck in September 2014, we ran away and left all we had behind. It was a terrible experience. Everything became very difficult as we were displaced for two years before returning back to our village. It became so bad that my children had to beg to be able to eat. My family got selected to receive assistance and that was how my hope was restored. I received money that helped me buy enough food for my family. I go out to farm for people and get paid and I added the money to the little I saved and started farming again on my own. My life is getting back to normal, and I am very happy. Now, my children can go back to school and there is enough food to eat in the house. Thank you, DRC you changed my life."

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Contributing to Improved Dietary Intake through Nutrition Training

In November, DRC engaged (with funds from USAID) 205 pregnant/lactating women and caregivers of malnourished children in a five-day nutrition training held in ten communities in Adamawa state. The training aimed at improving dietary intake using affordable, culturally appropriate, and locally produced food items. The sessions being theoretical and practical culminated in cooking demonstrations where participants prepared nutritious food for infants. “My children are now recovering,” shared one participant two weeks after attending the training. Access to and proper utilization of nutritious food is essential. Up to 5.1 million people risk being critically food insecure during 2021. Sustained assistance is required to maintain improvements and promote resilience.

Contributing to Improved Dietary Intake through Nutrition Training

In November, DRC engaged (with funds from USAID) 205 pregnant/lactating women and caregivers of malnourished children in a five-day nutrition training held in ten communities in Adamawa state. The training aimed at improving dietary intake using affordable, culturally appropriate, and locally produced food items. The sessions being theoretical and practical culminated in cooking demonstrations where participants prepared nutritious food for infants. “My children are now recovering,” shared one participant two weeks after attending the training. Access to and proper utilization of nutritious food is essential. Up to 5.1 million people risk being critically food insecure during 2021. Sustained assistance is required to maintain improvements and promote resilience.

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