Emergency humanitarian assistance in northeast Nigeria

Delivery of emergency humanitarian assistance to the people affected by the crisis in northeast Nigeria.

Contact - Save the Children

Joint response lead

Janna de Jong

T: +31 (0)70 338 44 48


About the crisis

Nigeria has suffered greatly since the Boko Haram insurgency began in 2009. The outcome of the presence of Armed Opposition Groups in Northeast Nigeria and its encounters with government military responses has been one of devastating proportions. More than 27,000 people have been killed and the violations against and abduction of women and girls have been devastating.

The conflict has resulted in widespread population displacement. Currently over 1.8 million people are internally displaced in the Northeast, with Borno state accommodating 80 percent of the Internally Displaced Population (IDPs). One in four of the internally displaced people are under five, and 80 per cent are women and children. Half of the displaced persons in Borno are living outside IDP camps in local communities, who are themselves stricken by poverty making them also highly vulnerable to the situation. Humanitarian organisations are not able to meet all needs in the north-east; more than 800,000 people in Borno State are estimated to be in areas that are inaccessible to humanitarian organisations

The population movements have had an overwhelming effect on social and economic stability in the northeast of Nigeria. In recently liberated areas, within refugee camps and among many host communities, there is a severe shortage of basic supplies such as clean water, food and means of livelihood. An estimated 7.1 million people in the most affected areas of northeast Nigeria are classified as requiring lifesaving humanitarian assistance.

The Dutch Relief Alliance Response

The Nigeria Joint Response sees five DRA member organizations and five local partners work together to provide emergency humanitarian assistance to the people affected by the crisis in northeast Nigeria. The collaboration will continue until the end of 2019 and will directly target more than 90,000 beneficiaries with humanitarian assistance. The action will see:

  • 8,217 people receive food, vouchers or cash to meet their immediate food needs.
  • 18,075 people receive agricultural inputs or benefit from Income Generating Activities to enhance livelihoods.
  • Action to ensure that 42,280 conflict-affected people have safe access to a sufficient quantity of water for domestic use.
  • Measures to ensure that 17,230 people benefit from clean and functional sanitation facilities.
  • 27850 children will be screened for malnutrition and more than 1,300 children will be treated for acute malnutrition.
  • 6850 children will be provided with recreational activities and where needed with psychosocial support.