Nigerian Mother
A mother participates in USAID-funded program in northeastern Nigeria.
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Latest Lake Chad Fact Sheet

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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.

To date in Fiscal Year (FY) 2019, the U.S. Government has provided approximately $162.4 million—including approximately $58.9 million from USAID/OFDA, more than $87.9 million from USAID's Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP), and $15.6 million from the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (State/PRM)—to support the humanitarian response in Nigeria. The response in Nigeria is part of a larger response across the Lake Chad Basin region, for which the USG has provided more than $641 million in FY 2018–2019 humanitarian funding.

The humanitarian operating environment in northeastern Nigeria remains precarious, with recent armed opposition group attacks resulting in the deaths of civilians, including aid workers.

The UN estimates that 7.1 million people will require humanitarian assistance across Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states in 2019—an 8 percent decrease from 7.7 million people in 2018.

USAID/OFDA is responding to the complex emergency in the Lake Chad Basin region. Please visit our web page for additional information.


Continued Boko Haram- and Islamic State of Iraq and Syria-West Africa-related insecurity has resulted in population displacement, disrupted livelihoods, food insecurity, and protection concerns in northeastern Nigeria—primarily Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states—since 2015. Insecurity continues to restrict access to basic services, and both displaced people and vulnerable host communities are in need of emergency food assistance, safe drinking water, relief commodities, as well as health, nutrition, protection, shelter, and water, sanitation, and hygiene interventions. The majority of internally displaced persons in northeastern Nigeria continue to reside in host communities and camps, straining local resources and exacerbating needs among displaced and host populations. On October 19, 2018, U.S. Ambassador W. Stuart Symington redeclared a disaster for FY 2019 due to the ongoing complex emergency in Nigeria.

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Last updated: August 20, 2019

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