An estimated 900,000 people remain out of reach for humanitarians, but some areas became accessible in 2017.


60% of the population live below the poverty line in Nigeria and the ongoing conflict between the government and armed groups is destroying the lives of millions of people. 


Conflict in Northeast Nigeria has caused a deepening humanitarian crisis, devastating civilians. 7.7 million people need assistance, 1.6 million are internally displaced and 60% of the population live below the poverty line. 

Since the conflict began 9 years ago, 27,000 people have been killed and an estimated 2 million people have been forced to flee their homes due to the violence. Those displaced are largely families with children, and they have taken refuge in informal and formal refugee camps. Many living in these camps are unable to support themselves and are entirely reliant on outside aid. This ongoing conflict exacerbates the already high malnutrition rates among children in Nigeria, with an estimated 440,000 children under five years old suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition.

An estimated 900,000 people remain out of reach for humanitarians, but some areas became accessible in 2017. Reaching those in need of assistance can be extremely difficult for humanitarian organisations. Despite this, Action Against Hunger is present in some of the most affected areas, working to ensure that the children and their families affected by this conflict are receiving the lifesaving support they need.


People we helped in 2017


In 2016 we scaled up our operations following the Borno state government’s declaration of a nutrition emergency. We opened a new office in Monguno to deliver immediate life-saving support. Working closely with partners, Action Against Hunger provided food to displaced people and host families, distributed much-needed sanitation and hygiene items, and organized blanket supplementary feeding programs for children under five and pregnant and lactating women.

In 2017, we prioritised aid for the most vulnerable, commencing operations in six areas within Yobe and Borno and expanding programs in Maiduguri and Monguno to assist newly displaced people and respond to a cholera outbreak.

Similarly, the Working to Improve Nutrition in Northern Nigeria program to prevent and treat malnutrition was successfully concluded after six years. Through the primary health system, the project delivered nutrition-focused interventions to over two million children and caregivers.

Over the last few years, we doubled the volume of our operations in response to the food crisis, meeting the humanitarian needs of 2.1 million people with:

  • Health and nutrition programmes
  • Clean water and sanitation to reduce malnutrition and disease
  • Emergency cash transfers to help displaced people purchase food or meet other urgent needs



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