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Africa’s fastest-growing displacement crisis


Registration of refugees arriving from Nigeria by UNHCR at Dar-es-Salam site, in Chad. Credit: OCHA/Caroline Birch, January 2015.

Boko Haram-related violence has forced 2.5 million people from their homes across Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger, turning it into Africa’s fastest-growing displacement crisis. Governments’ measures to counteract the armed group are starting to take effect, but the humanitarian response to the crisis that the violence has caused across the region is starved of funds and strained at the seams.

Some 2.1 million people have fled within Nigeria, while around 200,000 people have sought refuge across Nigeria’s borders to an area near Lake Chad in Cameroon, Chad and Niger, which is known as the Lake Chad Basin. A further 200,000 Cameroonians, Chadians and Nigeriens are displaced within their countries. Over half of the 2.5 million displaced people are children. Click here to read the full report.

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