Millions of people are affected by food insecurity, underdevelopment and armed conflicts in northeastern Nigeria, Cameroon, the Niger and Chad. The Federal Government is providing humanitarian assistance to people in the region, to the tune of more than 65 million euros in 2016 alone.
In northeastern Nigeria and in bordering countries, millions of people have been affected by attacks of the Islamist terror Group Boko Haram. Since 2009, between 20,000 and 30,000 people have died in acts of violence perpetrated by the group. More than 2.6 million Nigerians have been internally displaced. Nigeria’s bordering countries have already taken in more than 750,000 refugees and returnees from northern Nigeria and have declared disaster areas in the border regions. Altogether, more than 14 million people in the region urgently require humanitarian assistance.
The greatest need is for food, health care, water, sanitation and hygiene, as well as for help with re‑establishing livelihoods and obtaining shelter. These are also the priorities of the Federal Foreign Office’s humanitarian assistance for the region, which in 2016 alone amounted to more than 65 million euros. Aid organisations are, however, finding it difficult to operate, since there have been repeated attacks on aid workers and some regions cannot be reached due to the security situation.
Steep increase in humanitarian funding
In recent years the Federal Foreign Office has greatly increased its funding for humanitarian assistance, also stepping up its financial support for Africa. In 2016 alone, it more than doubled its aid measures compared with the previous year, providing some 270 million euros for aid projects in Africa. The Federal Foreign Office provided a total of over 1.3 billion euros to respond to humanitarian crises around the world in 2016.
The Federal Foreign Office will continue its humanitarian engagement in Africa’s crisis regions this year in order to make it possible for people to survive in dignity and safety. As co‑host of the Humanitarian Conference on Nigeria and the Lake Chad Region in Oslo on 24 February 2017, Germany is continuing to urge others to provide political and financial support for humanitarian assistance in the Lake Chad crisis region.