Boko Haram Violence Increasing Regional Humanitarian Crisis (For the Media)
Increased fighting and insecurity in north-eastern Nigeria and the borders of Chad, Cameroon, and Niger have led to a sudden surge of refugees and internally displaced people in recent months. So far, there are nearly half a million people (refugees, IDPs, returnees) in the three bordering countries, displaced by Boko Haram. Increased displacement is placing additional pressure on already vulnerable host communities who are also in need of food assistance. WFP is scaling up its food and nutrition assistance to over 670,000 people in Cameroon, Niger and Chad response to rising food insecurity and population displacements due to the conflict. WFP appeals for USD 16.3 million to respond to immediate and sudden needs. Lack of funding has been hampering WFP’s response.