Sharing the Little They Have

Thousands of people, mainly women and children, have crossed the border from Nigeria into Niger and sought refuge in host communities.

By Islamane Abdou
Sharing the Little They Have
UNICEF Niger/2020/Islamane
28 January 2020

Over the past months, a new displacement crisis has emerged in the border region of Maradi in Niger.  Thousands of people, mainly women and children, have crossed the border from Nigeria into Niger, fleeing extreme violence, that includes attacks, kidnappings, extortion, murder, sexual violence and destruction of houses and property. They have found refuge in villages nearby the Nigerian border in Niger’s Maradi Region. The area is known for its limited services and infrastructure, stretching the capacities to respond adequately.

Support from the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) enabled UNICEF to respond immediately to ensure children are kept safe and provided the support needed.

“Sharing the little they have…This is an example Nigeriens have shown to the face of the world.”

Dr. Felicite Tchibindat, UNICEF Representative in Niger
UNICEF Niger/2020/Islamane

Niger continues to face simultaneous emergencies that are stretching the capacities of the government and humanitarian partners to respond adequately. An estimated 3.2 million people, including 1.73 million children, are affected by one or more of the crises impacting the Niger, including food insecurity, malnutrition, population displacement, disease outbreaks and natural disasters. The situation is exacerbated by instability in neighboring countries, resulting in an influx of thousands of refugees, returnees, internal displaced persons and migrants, all needing access to basic social services for survival.