Niger

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Community members in Tillabéri Region, western Niger, gather around a local water well.
Community members in Tillabéri Region, western Niger, gather around a local water well.
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Key Developments

Organized armed group attacks on civilian populations in Niger have intensified in recent months, generating widespread casualties, prompting mass displacement, and exacerbating humanitarian needs—particularly in western Niger's Tahoua and Tillaberi regions.

Since June, heavy rainfall and subsequent flooding have resulted in dozens of casualties and destroyed thousands of houses, devastating livelihoods and adversely affecting 196,000 people.

Since a cholera outbreak began in mid-June, health actors have reported 4,700 suspected cholera cases and 149 associated deaths.

Background

In Fiscal Year 2019, the USG provided more than $60.5 million to support the humanitarian response in Niger. The figure includes approximately $31.5 million from USAID, and approximately $29 million from the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. The response in Niger is part of a larger response across the Lake Chad Basin, for which the USG has provided approximately $469 million in FY 2019 humanitarian funding.

On December 13, 2019, U.S. Ambassador Eric P. Whitaker redeclared a disaster in Niger due to the ongoing complex emergency in the Lake Chad Basin and redeclared an additional disaster in Niger due to emergency conditions caused by conflict-related displacement in Tahoua and Tillaberi.

 

 

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Last updated: November 22, 2021

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