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Nigeria Regional Crisis

The conflict in Northeastern Nigeria has displaced approximately 2 million people. More than 240,000 children are suffering from severe acute malnutrition in Borno state along, and one-fifth could die without proper treatment.

Here journalists can access the latest news and resources on the situation for children and UNICEF’s response.

Contact our media teams in Nigeria, Dakar and New York to speak to UNICEF experts.

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PRESS RELEASES

Lake Chad conflict: alarming surge in number of children used in Boko Haram bomb attacks this year – UNICEF
DAKAR/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 12 April 2017 – The number of children used in ‘suicide’ attacks in the Lake Chad conflict has surged to 27 in the first quarter of 2017, compared to nine over the same period last year, UNICEF said in a new report released today.

Massive immunization campaign to reach 41 million children in Nigeria and region to contain polio outbreak
DAKAR, Senegal – 11 October 2016 – A major health campaign is underway in the Lake Chad Basin area to vaccinate over 41 million children against polio to contain the recent outbreak of the disease in north-east Nigeria.

UNICEF more than doubles its funding appeal to provide life-saving assistance for children in northeast Nigeria
ABUJA/DAKAR/NEW YORK, 29 September 2016 – UNICEF has revised its humanitarian appeal for Nigeria from US$ 55 million to US$ 115 million to assist an additional 750,000 people who can now be reached across conflict-affected areas in the northeast of the country.       

New polio cases in northeastern Nigeria underline risks for children in conflict - UNICEF
NEW YORK, 11 August 2016 – The sobering news that two children have been paralyzed by wild poliovirus in northeastern Nigeria underscores the urgency of eradicating the disease in conflict-affected areas, UNICEF said today.

Aid continues despite attack on humanitarian convoy in northeast Nigeria: UNICEF
ABUJA, Nigeria, 29 July 2016 - UNICEF continues to provide assistance to millions of conflict-affected children in northeast Nigeria, despite yesterday’s attack on a humanitarian convoy.

UNICEF statement on attack on humanitarian convoy in northeastern Nigeria
NEW YORK, 28 July 2016 - Today unknown assailants attacked a humanitarian convoy that included staff from UNICEF, UNFPA, and IOM.  The convoy was traveling from Bama to Maiduguri in Borno State, Nigeria, returning from delivering desperately needed humanitarian assistance.

An estimated quarter of a million children severely malnourished in Borno state, Nigeria - UNICEF
ABUJA/DAKAR/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 19 July 2016 – An estimated quarter of a million children in Borno state, North-East Nigeria, face severe malnourishment and risk death, UNICEF said today, as the scale of the humanitarian crisis caused by the Boko Haram emergency continues to unfold. 

Update on UNICEF response to humanitarian situation of displaced persons in Bama, Borno State, Nigeria
ABUJA, Nigeria, 23 June 2016 – UNICEF has been working with partners in Bama, Borno State, since March 2016, providing health, nutrition and water and sanitation support in a camp housing 25,000 people displaced by the conflict, including 15,000 children.

Nigeria regional conflict: 10-fold increase in number of children used in ‘suicide’ attacks
DAKAR, Senegal/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 12 April 2016 – The number of children involved in ‘suicide’ attacks in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger has risen sharply over the past year, from 4 in 2014 to 44 in 2015, according to a UNICEF report released today. More than 75 per cent of the children involved in the attacks are girls. 

Nigeria conflict forces more than 1 million children from school
DAKAR/NEW YORK, 22 December 2015 – Violence and attacks against civilian populations in northeastern Nigeria and its neighboring countries have forced more than 1 million children out of school, UNICEF said today.

Over 1.4 million children forced to flee conflict in Nigeria and region
DAKAR/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 18 September 2015 – A sharp increase in attacks by the armed group commonly known as Boko Haram has uprooted 500,000 children over the past five months, bringing the total number of children on the run in northeast Nigeria and neighbouring countries to 1.4 million, UNICEF said today.

Northeast Nigeria: Alarming spike in suicide attacks involving women and girls - UNICEF
ABUJA, Nigeria, 26 May 2015 – More women and children have been used as suicide bombers in Northeast Nigeria in the first five months of this year than during the whole of last year, according to reports collated by UNICEF.

800,000 children forced to flee violence in Nigeria and region – UNICEF
DAKAR/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 13 April 2015 – Around 800,000 children have been forced to flee their homes as a result of the conflict in northeast Nigeria between Boko Haram, military forces and civilian self-defence groups – according to a new report from UNICEF.

Urgent action needed to assist people affected by conflict in Nigeria and Ukraine - UNICEF and OCHA
NEW YORK, 19 March 2015 – Addressing the media today after returning from a week-long mission to Nigeria and Ukraine, John Ging of OCHA and Afshan Khan of UNICEF, called on the international community to support efforts under way to assist civilians in both countries.

UNICEF Statement on the suicide bombing of a school in northeast Nigeria
DAKAR/NEW YORK, 10 November 2014 – “UNICEF condemns the cruel attack today on the Government Science Technical School Potiskum in Yobe State, Nigeria, which killed dozens of children and injured many more. 

UNICEF steps up lifesaving interventions in north-eastern Nigeria
BAUCHI, Nigeria, 18 June 2014 – UNICEF is scaling up its support to conflict-affected communities in north-eastern Nigeria to improve health, nutrition, and water and sanitation services.

UNICEF statement on second abduction of Nigerian school girls
DAKAR, Senegal/NEW YORK, 6 May 2014 – “The abduction of eight more girls in Nigeria is an outrage and a worsening nightmare for the girls themselves and for the families of the more than 200 girls who have been stolen from their communities in the last several weeks. 

UNICEF calls for immediate release of abducted school girls in Chibok, Borno State, Nigeria
DAKAR, Senegal/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 16 April 2014 - UNICEF condemns in the strongest possible terms the reported abduction of some 100 school girls between 12 and 17 years old from their school hostel in Chibok Borno State on Monday night, and calls for their immediate and unconditional release.

UNICEF condemns killing of students in northeastern Nigeria
DAKAR, Senegal, 26 February 2014 - UNICEF expressed its outrage at the brutal killing yesterday of some 45 children, between 13 and 17 years old, by unidentified gunmen at the Federal Government College of Buni Yadi, Yobe State, Nigeria.


 

 

 

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