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The ICRC in Nigeria

Tangbolosunju, Niger Delta, Nigeria. Children like these are the main beneficiaries of the ICRC health programme in the Niger Delta.

In Nigeria, the ICRC protects and assists people affected by armed conflict and violence, particularly in the north-eastern part of the country, the Middle Belt and the Niger Delta states. We promote international humanitarian law and other rules that protect people during armed violence and we support the emergency-response work of the Nigerian Red Cross Society. Read full overview.

Facts and Figures

January-August 2013


Distributed emergency supplies to almost 19,000 people affected by violence and armed conflict in the north of Nigeria, with the help of Nigerian Red Cross Society staff and volunteers.


Provided safe drinking water for over 5,500 people displaced by inter-communal clashes and improved access to clean water in five health facilities, serving some 5,200 people in Kaduna and Plateau States.


Visited people held by the police in connection with the armed conflict or violence in Abuja, Asaba, Kano, Jos, Maiduguri, Port Harcourt and Yenagoa, to monitor their treatment and conditions of detention.

International humanitarian law

  • Briefed more than 1,000 police officers on humanitarian rules applicable in law enforcement.
  • Promoted international humanitarian law to more than 9,000 military personnel.


  • Trained more than 1,300 community members in first aid so they can respond to any outbreaks of violence.
  • Trained 400 Nigerian Red Cross volunteers in the management of dead bodies.
  • Trained over 70 Nigerian surgeons and other health professionals from 13 states in the treatment of people wounded by weapons.

Reference documents

Red Cross Red Crescent Magazine

  • Red Cross Red Crescent Magazine
    Nigeria: everybody as one

    The ICRC and the Nigerian Red Cross Society bring the best first-aid practices, based on the latest research, to communities where basic emergency care and medical supplies are few and far between.