Escalating conflict between the Government of Nigeria and Boko Haram in 2014 led many people to flee to neighboring countries, resulting in a sudden increase in the number of people crossing the border into Niger’s Diffa region. Four out of five arrivals were women, and children who had become separated from their parents.
Two-thirds of the estimated 70,000 displaced people were in need of food. There was also a lack of proper shelter, access to clean water and education. Many people were affected by gender-based violence and mental health issues.
Humanitarian Coalition member CARE Canada focused its response on reducing the vulnerability of 14,000 people (9,360 returnees, 2,640 refugees and 2,000 host family members) affected by the north Nigerian crisis and local food insecurity in the Diffa region of Niger.
Activities consisted of unconditional cash grants to 1,000 of the most vulnerable families to increase access to food and other essentiels, as well as the provision of safe water and improved hygiene and sanitation, including female specific hygiene kits with locally appropriate sanitary items. CARE also provided training and community mobilization around good sanitation practices.