Lake Chad Basin

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Key Developments

USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) is responding to the complex emergency in the Lake Chad Basin region, including NigeriaCameroonChad, and Niger.

Ongoing conflict could hinder staple crop harvests in Cameroon, despite forecasts of favorable agroclimatic conditions, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. To respond to food insecurity in Cameroon’s Far North Region, USAID’s Office of Food for Peace recently contributed an additional $5 million to the UN World Food Program, allowing the provision of full food rations to refugees in the region.

Persistent violence, poor food security conditions, and ongoing bureaucratic impediments continued to result in humanitarian needs that outpaced available resources in FY 2017. The U.S. government (USG) provided more than $515 million in relief assistance for the Lake Chad Basin humanitarian response in FY 2017, bringing the total USG funding for the emergency to nearly $730.6 million from FY 2016–2017.

As of September 29, Borno State Ministry of Health officials had recorded more than 4,200 suspected and confirmed cholera cases, including 57 related deaths, in five local government areas in northeastern Nigeria since the outbreak began in mid-August. Relief actors continue to provide health and water, sanitation, and hygiene assistance and recently concluded a vaccination campaign.

According to a recent Human Rights Watch (HRW) report, Nigerian refugees sheltering in a Cameroonian camp have experienced abuse and inhumane treatment by Government of the Republic of Cameroon soldiers, in addition to poor living conditions. The soldiers also reportedly exploited Nigerian asylum seekers in remote areas near the Cameroon–Nigeria border. HRW interviewed more than 60 Nigerian asylum seekers and refugees from June–July and met with stakeholders to collect data for the report.

USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) is responding to the complex emergency in the Lake Chad Basin region. Please visit our web page for additional information.

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Last updated: October 13, 2017

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