A desperate and largely unknown humanitarian crisis is deteriorating in the Lake Chad Basin region of West Africa, due to a violent seven-year conflict with the group commonly known as Boko Haram and the military operations to counter them.
Originating in Nigeria, the violence has spread across borders into neighboring Niger, Chad and Cameroon forcing over 2.6 million people to flee their homes, abandon their farms and land, and leaving over nine million people in immediate need of humanitarian assistance.
This is Africa’s fastest growing displacement crisis, with alarming levels of food insecurity and malnutrition and yet the people at the centre of it remain largely unseen and unassisted by the world. Over 1.9 million of them are Nigerians displaced in their country’s north-east – the seventh largest internally displaced population in the world.
Most of the displaced families are sheltered by some of the poorest and most vulnerable communities. This story aims to give them a voice.