Boko Haram Violence
Michael Stulman, Regional Information Officer for West and Central Africa
Since 2009, Boko Haram has been launching violent attacks in Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon, planting bombs in public places, abducting women and girls, forcefully conscripting young men and boys, and destroying villages and towns.
The effects of this violence have been widespread, and the need for urgent humanitarian assistance is escalating.
At least 9.2 million people - 2.6 million of them displaced - need food, shelter, clean water and other basic necessities because of the conflict and violence caused by Boko Haram.
The majority of displaced people are seeking refuge in local communities, putting a strain on already vulnerable host families coping with the affects of climate change and poverty.
PRODIVING LIVE-SAVING ASSISTANCE:
In Nigeria, CRS is using electronic vouchers people can use to purchase food in local markets. In Chad, CRS is organizing ‘fairs’ with local vendors. Both approaches allow people to receive help in dignity and make their own decisions on what to eat. In Niger and Nigeria, CRS is providing soap and jerry cans as many don’t have even the most basic sanitation and hygiene necessities. We are also providing emergency shelter for those living in informal settlements.
LOOKING TO THE FUTURE:
In Niger and Chad, CRS is helping communities to improve the quality of their land, build or improve things like latrines and water-points, increase their harvests, establish savings and start businesses. Much of this is done through training or in exchange for cash.
- News Release: CRS Scales Up Response to Help Victims of Boko Haram in Niger
- Surviving Boko Haram
- Fleeing Boko Haram
- Hosting Surivivors of Boko Haram in Niger
Experts Available for Interviews
To arrange for an interview with any of our experts, contact Michael Stulman
- Rebecca Hallam Bassey, CRS Country Representative in Nigeria
- Nicole Poirier, CRS country manager in Chad
- Bill Rastetter, CRS country representative in Niger
- Brenden Williams, CRS Head of Programs in Cameroon