The repeated attacks by militants of the terrorist group Boko Haram have growing humanitarian consequences for countries of the Lake Chad Basin area as over nine million displaced people now need assistance. Humanitarian Bulletin West and Central Africa in its February 2016 issue stated that around 9.2 million people are already in need of humanitarian assistance. He explained that the protracted violence by Boko Haram and military operations against the armed group have displaced some 2.7 million people in the four countries of the Lake Chad Basin that include Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon. “Northeast Nigeria alone accounts for 2.2 million of the displaced. Around 4.4 million people in the conflict affected region are severely food insecure with an estimated 223,000 severely acutely malnourished children,” the report stated.
The report further disclosed that in recent weeks, around 100,000 people in Niger’s south east Diffa region fled their homes in fear of attacks and sought shelter alongside the highway linking the capital Niamey to the east of the country. A recent needs assessment identified tens of thousands of Internally Displaced People (IDP) in Liwa and Daboua localities of Chad’s eastern Lac region. The IDPs had not been registered before due to insecurity limiting access to the host communities where they found refuge. According to reports, the figures are currently being verified and are likely to double the current IDP population in the region, which stood at around 50,000.