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Food crisis in Niger: “We cannot let them be forgotten”

By Divya Amladi

Oxfam is providing life-saving assistance to thousands of people who have been displaced by violence. 

In West Africa’s Lake Chad Basin, 6.3 million people face severe food shortages, and an additional 2.2 million people–over half of them children–are feared to be trapped in areas under the control of Boko Haram and need humanitarian assistance.

The first wave of Boko Haram attacks spread from northeast Nigeria to neighboring Niger’s southwestern Diffa region in 2015 and since then, the area has struggled with an unprecedented security crisis. Now, 340,000 individuals are severely hungry and more than 300,000 displaced people are living in makeshift shelters, in camps, or with the local community, according to the UN.

Mousa Amidie and others working with Oxfam are responding by installing water systems and distributing essential items, such as cooking pots, buckets, and water purifying tablets. Help expand their efforts to save more lives.  

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