In Nigeria, the ICRC helps people affected by armed conflict and violence, particularly in the north-east. We promote international humanitarian law and other rules that protect people during armed violence and support the emergency response work of the Nigerian Red Cross Society.

In Maiduguri, displaced women participate in a vocational training organized by the ICRC in collaboration with the Nigerian Red Cross

Our work in Nigeria

In Nigeria, we provide emergency assistance and sustainable solutions, such as access to clean water and sanitation for internally displaced people and their host communities and cash for livelihood programmes. We reunite separated family members by delivering messages and searching for missing relatives. We improve access to basic health care for vulnerable populations in conflict areas. We encourage the humane treatment of detainees through dialogue with authorities and visits to detention centres and promote respect for international humanitarian law (IHL) through information sessions with weapon bearers and dialogue with national and regional policymakers.

Borno State, Gwoza, camp for internally displaced people.

The impact of our work

farming families (245,400 individuals) received staple and cash crop seeds to improve food production capacities during the rainy season, and 18 farming families (108 individuals) were supported with water pumps for dry season farming.
surgeries were performed by the ICRC’s surgical team at the Maiduguri State Specialist Hospital.
Red Cross messages were exchanged to re-establish contact between separated family members.

Stories from our staff

Each shared laugh or smile, each celebration of positive impact I experience, gives me the reasons I need to keep doing this work

Eric Ogbe Field Health Officer, Biu, Nigeria

Contact us


5, Queen Elisabeth Street, Off Yakubu Gowon Crescent
Asokoro, FCT


+234 800 5000 4000

Community Contact Centre

Opening Hours:

8am – 4:30pm
Monday - Friday

Our work with the Nigerian Red Cross Society

The ICRC supports the emergency response work of the Nigerian Red Cross Society.