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    Nigeria, Humanitarian action

    Humanitarian aid in Nigeria

    Project Number: 162.1012

    Nigeria's population is marked by humanitarian disasters. The terror of the Islamist organization Boko Haram has driven more than 2.5 million people to flee, and increasingly frequent natural disasters are bringing hardship and suffering. Mission 21 and its partners support the people affected by these disasters with vital emergency aid. They also help rebuild destroyed infrastructure and livelihoods and provide training in disaster preparedness. In addition, they provide urgently needed support in the event of natural disasters, such as drought or flooding.

    Background information

    Northeastern Nigeria has been massively affected by the terror of the Islamist organization Boko Haram and its splinter groups since 2009. In central Nigeria, violent clashes between various ethnic and religious groups, especially sedentary farmers and Fulani militants, have caused terrible disruption. Today, the inhabitants of the affected regions still have to reckon with attacks, killings, kidnappings and assaults at all times. Around 16 million people are affected by the conflicts. And more than 2.5 million people have been forced to flee. A large number of them have lost all their belongings and livelihoods in the process. Many of them have found refuge in displaced persons' camps. For women who were widowed during attacks, the situation is particularly precarious. They often have no education whatsoever, and as widows they are particularly at risk of slipping into extreme poverty and being exploited. For this reason, Mission 21 and its partners EYN and EPRT support the affected people with existential goods such as food and hygiene articles, access to drinking water, and basic medical services. Psychosocial support is also offered to traumatized people to help them come to terms with what they have experienced. Those displaced people who return to their home areas are confronted with the arduous task of rebuilding their livelihoods.

    Project goals

    • The survival of populations affected by disasters is ensured through emergency relief measures.
    • People affected by disasters are supported in rebuilding their livelihoods.
    • Through vocational training, refugee women and men are empowered to earn a living and lead self-determined lives.
    • Traumatized people have psychosocial support to process what they have experienced.
    • The vulnerability of local communities in the face of humanitarian disasters is reduced through preparedness measures.
    • Local communities are empowered to effectively respond to and manage crises by organizing relief efforts.

    Target group

    The target group of humanitarian aid is people who are directly affected by disasters and violent conflicts, regardless of their religious, ethnic and political affiliations. A special focus is on internally displaced persons (IDPs) and returnee families, as well as on vulnerable groups such as widows from the states of Adamawa, Borno and Plateau.

    Activities

    • Providing food and necessities to victims of humanitarian disasters.
    • Providing medical care and ensuring access to clean drinking water for refugees.
    • Helping people return to home villages by rebuilding destroyed homes and wells.
    • Vocational training for internally displaced persons to create gainful employment opportunities.
    • Psychosocial support for traumatized people affected by conflict and violence
    • Training local professionals and vulnerable communities to mitigate risks and cope with disasters
    • Establish local and coordinating disaster preparedness structures and coordinate local disaster response strategies.

    Project progress

    In 2022, the focus was on providing emergency aid to victims of natural disasters such as the floods in large parts of northeastern Nigeria, as well as to internally displaced persons of various ethnic and religious affiliations. To ensure their survival and alleviate their suffering, they were provided with urgently needed food and hygiene items, as well as basic medical services and psychological support. In addition, village communities that lost their belongings due to natural disasters or attacks by Boko Haram and other non-state armed groups were assisted in rebuilding destroyed homes and wells. For women and men living as internally displaced persons in IDP camps, various vocational training programs were available again this year at the Shuwari IDP camp. Thanks to practical training in a marketable profession, they are empowered to earn an income and are no longer dependent on humanitarian aid.    

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    Nigeria

    • 219 million inhabitants
    • 2.4 million displaced as a result of violence
    • 7.1 million people from northeast Nigeria in need of protection and humanitarian assistance (Source:UNHCR,2020)

    Project budget 2024

    CHF 204,355

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    Jacqueline Brunner

    Responsible Church Partnerships

    Tel. 061 260 23 37
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    Angelika Weber

    Program manager Cameroon and Nigeria
    Tel: +41 (0)61 260 22 65
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