DRC constructs 1,253 transitional shelters in Nigeria

In Northeastern Nigeria, the Danish Refugee Council brings hope to the displaced and communities affected by the conflict by constructing transitional shelters.


55-year-old Yazara Burami is the mother of 4 children and 2 grandchildren. She was displaced to Jakana in 2017 due to an attack on her village in the Nglamari community.

“I do not know the whereabouts of my husband and other close family members. I came here with my children and had no hope for a place to stay,” Yazara Burama says.

After her arrival in Jakana, Yazara was provided with land by the local authorities to construct a dwelling place, but she has lacked the resources to do so. Jakana is located 40 kilometers west of Maiduguri, Borno State. Yazara does not feel safe to return home due to ongoing insecurity in her area. In February 2018, Yazara and her family moved into a newly constructed transitional shelter, built by DRC.

“Thank you to DRC for the shelter, they have constructed for my family”, Yazara says.

The story of Yazara is similar to many other displaced people DRC is supporting in Nigeria. With funding from OFDA, DRC is constructing 1,253 transitional shelters for vulnerable individuals and families that are found to be in protracted displacement. Persistent insecurity in many parts of Northeastern Nigeria has prevented more than 1.7 million people from returning home. With no signs of an immediate end to the conflict, many people are expected to remain displaced for a long time.

DRC has been working in Northeastern Nigeria since July 2015. It works in the sectors of Protection, WASH, Emergency Distribution, Food Security, Mine Action, Livelihoods and Shelter. In 2017 alone DRC Nigeria assisted approximately 600,000 individuals (IDPs, returnees and vulnerable host population).