Nigeria: Hundreds of thousands received food and assistance in 2016

21 February 2017
Nigeria: Hundreds of thousands received food and assistance in 2016
Displaced people who have arrived at a camp receiving a welcome meal in Maiduguri, Nigeria. CC BY-NC-ND / ICRC / Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin

Armed conflict in North East Nigeria has displaced more than 2 million people and had damaging consequences for over 1.5 million people hosting them. The situation, in humanitarian terms, has been made worse by communal clashes in the Middle Belt region and the armed violence in the Niger Delta states.

In 2016, the ICRC continued to significantly scale up its humanitarian response in North East Nigeria. We provided food and essential household items to the people most in need of assistance. Our teams also restored contact between members of families separated by armed violence.

Highlights of our work in Nigeria in 2016.

18,000 people received medical attention at 16 ICRC-supported health care centres and 9 mobile clinics
Assisted over 350,000 people to gain access to water and improved their sanitation and hygiene
Treated over 12,000 children under the age of five suffering from severe acute malnutrition
Provided temporary and emergency shelter to 40,000 displaced people
Trained 3,000 Nigerian Red Cross staff, security personnel, religious groups, and weapon bearers in first aid and emergency preparedness
Over 450 women and female heads of households received training and grants to start income-generating activities


For more information, read the full update on our work in Nigeria.

Nigeria Facts & Figures 2016