In July 2015, the Danish Refugee Council/Danish Demining Group opened a new country programme in Nigeria focusing on responding to the huge humanitarian needs and challenges in the North East of Nigeria. Nigeria’s north-east is currently experiencing a significant humanitarian crisis, which has been the result of the ongoing-armed conflict between Boko Haram, the Nigerian military and the Multinational Joint Task Force in the North-East. An estimated 14.8 million people are affected by the conflict, which has led to a state of emergency being declared in three North-Eastern states and has had spill-over effects in neighbouring countries. A lack of security in the region has made access for humanitarian actors extremely difficult and made the situation even worse. DRC/DDG operations are focused on Yola and Mubi in Adamawa State of Maiduguri in Borno State. DRC initially focused on meeting the basic needs of urban caseloads as well as supporting outreach to affected areas and displacement camps and host communities (protection, Mine Risk Education, WASH, food security, livelihood and NFI/shelter). DRC/DDG has a representational office in Abuja and a larger coordination and field-based implementation office in Yola, Adamawa State.
Recent success by government forces has opened previously inaccessible areas and revealed significant food security needs with over 244,000 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition. With 2.3 million displaced people, 7 million people in immediate need of humanitarian assistance and 14.8 million people affected North East Nigeria is becoming one of the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. However, according to Stephen O’Brien, UN Under-Secretary General and Emergency Relief Coordinator, “the Lake Chad basin is the most under reported, the most underfunded and least addressed of the big crises we face. We have humanitarian needs now in that part of the world which are unprecedented.”
To meet this urgent and growing need DRC recently deployed and emergency response team to support an up-scaling of DRC’s response, initially in delivery of food aid to affected communities with additional projects expected to support emergency protection, shelter and WASH needs.
Snapshot of main activities:
- Rapid scale up of emergency food security including cash/vouchers for communities and IDPs isolated by the conflict
- Humanitarian assistance to IDPs in informal sites and host communities, through emergency Water, Sanitation and Hygiene activities
- Emergency assistance to IDPs in informal sites and host communities through the provision of emergency Non-Food Items and Shelter
- Protection monitoring and reporting through the establishment of community-based protection committees and capacity building of local population on protection rights and needs; protection mainstreaming within the broader humanitarian operation and capacity building of key humanitarian actors in protection.
- Protection coordination with actors at state and national level and advocacy activities to strengthen practice changes that affect the lives of IDPs, returnees and other affected people
- Emergency Risk Education delivery by DDG to children and adults affected by displacement, host communities and aid workers to reduce the risk associated with mines and other Explosive Remnants of War (ERW)