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Cooking area at Ortese Camp, Benue State © Ghada Safaan/MSF

“People are suffering”: Displacement continues, leaving hundreds of thousands exposed in Benue State of Nigeria

Persistent and increased violence in the Middle Belt of Nigeria is causing new waves of displacement into informal camps where services and support are non-existent. The newly displaced population is in urgent need of shelter, WASH services, vaccination, and protection. 


Testimonies of people who lost safety in Zamfara

Rising violence in northwest Nigeria’s Zamfara state is causing a humanitarian crisis. MSF teams in Zamfara state have witnessed an alarming rise in preventable illnesses associated with a lack of food, drinking water, shelter and vaccinations.


Nutritional crisis: MSF prepares for a major spike this year in southern Niger and north-western Nigeria

In the Maradi region of Niger and in the state of Katsina on the other side of the border in Nigeria, MSF is mobilising to expand its medico-nutritional activities  to cope with food shortage and the seasonal peak in malaria . 


Nigeria, MSF: Zamfara state gripped by humanitarian crisis as violence escalates

Abuja, 3 June 2021 – Rising violence in northwest Nigeria’s Zamfara state is causing a humanitarian crisis, warns international medical organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) today. MSF is calling for an urgent humanitarian response for people in the region, who are desperately short of food, drinking water, shelter, protection and basic services, including healthcare.

Sadiya M. with her 1.5 y/o son waiting for treatment in Anka MSF hospital, Zamfara state

Nigeria: Killings, looting and abductions in Zamfara state

Tens of thousands of people who have been internally displaced by violence and criminal activity in Zamfara struggle to survive each day. There is almost no humanitarian assistance for people left behind in this neglected crisis.

Gwoza town © MSF/Scott Hamilton

Borno state, Nigeria: “Children can draw an assault rifle better than a football or an animal"

Gwoza, a garrison town in northeast Nigeria’s Borno state, is home to 60,000 people, many of them displaced from their homes elsewhere by the conflict. Living conditions are difficult, there is little humanitarian aid, and frequent clashes take place between the military and armed groups. Many people in Gwoza have witnessed acts of violence or lost loved ones, livelihoods and homes as they fled in search of safety. This includes children, many of whom arrived in Gwoza alone.
Kyla Storry, MSF’s mental health activity manager in Gwoza, describes her work helping adults and children cope with their experiences.

Naka IDP camp

"I hope people will hear my voice": The forgotten farmer-herdsmen conflict in Nigeria’s middle belt

There is a substantial and neglected humanitarian crisis in Benue state, indicative of a wider crisis across the Middle Belt. This is a long-term crisis and requires sustained solutions, incorporating humanitarian agencies, local and federal government and the UN.  

Women queue up at a borehole in Gwoza to collect water.© Scott Hamilton/MSF

Borno state: In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, malaria, malnutrition and water-borne diseases will not relent

After over a decade of armed conflict, outbreaks of severe malnutrition, malaria, measles and cholera, approximately 1.5 million internally displaced people (IDPs) in Borno state now face the spectre of COVID-19. 


Ethiopia: Tigray Crisis

People have been left without healthcare and tens of thousands have been displaced across Ethiopia and Sudan, following fighting that broke out in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia, in November 2020.

MSF teams are working on both sides of the border, providing assistance to people in refugees camps in Sudan, and to the displaced and host communities within Tigray in Ethiopia.

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