Boko Haram fuels displacement crisis in Niger’s Diffa Region

Published: 12/Déc/2014
Source: IRIN

Nigerian Islamist Boko Haram militias have driven nearly 90,000 people into neighbouring Niger’s impoverished Diffa Region this year, sparking food security and protection worries.

The September-November harvest season has been favourable across Niger except in Diffa, where food insecurity is a concern especially for displaced and poor families. “The real problem in the long-run is food insecurity,” said Karl Steinacker, UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) Niger representative.

“This [Diffa] is a food-deficient region even during normal times. The arrival of this population is going to increase the difficulty,” he told IRIN.

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Themes: Apatridie, Nationalité des réfugiés
Regions: Afrique de l'Ouest, Nigeria, Niger
Year: 2014