On Sunday, 22 May more than 30 civilians were reportedly abducted and killed by non-state armed groups (NSAGs) near the village of Mudu, Dikwa Local Government Area, Borno State, northeast Nigeria.

The attack was claimed by the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP).

The alarming level of insecurity in Northeast Nigeria, highlighted by this incident, seriously hinders humanitarian access to the vulnerable population affected by the continuous conflict between the Nigerian Armed Forces and NSAGs.

US$1.1 billion needed to reach 5.5 million people in north-east Nigeria with humanitarian assistance

For many women, men, boys and girls, the profound impact of conflict in north-east Nigeria
continues to be felt painfully.”

An estimated 8.4 million people will require humanitarian assistance in north-east Nigeria in 2022. The conflict in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States has evolved into an alarming humanitarian and protection crisis, disproportionately affecting women and girls. Over 2.2 million people are displaced due to the persistent conflict and face daily threats to their health, food security and safety. The 2022 Humanitarian Response Plan for north-east Nigeria was launched today by the humanitarian community in collaboration with the Nigerian Government and requests US$1.1 billion to provide critical aid and services to 5.5 million people who are most affected by the crisis.

“For many women, men, boys and girls, the profound impact of conflict in north-east Nigeria continues to be felt painfully,” said the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator ad interim for igeria, Matthias Schmale. “Although we have last year seen some hopeful developments, many people have still started out 2022 in survival mode.”

The Honourable Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq said, “Millions of people struggle to have their basic needs met, and the fluctuating food prices have further destabilized the already alarming food security situation. Thousands of children are at risk of becoming severely malnourished, especially during the lean season, which will have a detrimental effect on their future development.”

In a recent visit to the north-east state of Borno, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mr. Martin Griffiths, spoke about his visit to a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Bama, stating, “Here, about 70,000 people live in a camp built for 25,000 people—70,000 people—none of whom know the day when they will be able to go home.”

In the new 2022-2023 multi-year strategy, the humanitarian community will prioritize lifesaving needs while also working to reduce vulnerabilities through efforts to build resilience and enhance self-reliance. “While insecurity is persistent in many areas, there are also some locations of relative peace and stability in the north-east that we must look to for opportunities of long-term or durable solutions,” said Mr. Schmale. The Honourable Minister added, “Operationalising the humanitarian-development-peace nexus is key to meeting both immediate and longer-term needs.

As we work with the UN and its partners to build the capacity of partners in affected communities, we are focusing on local solutions to local problems.”

Through the 2022 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP), the Humanitarian Country Team for Nigeria and its partners will work to improve living conditions and strengthen protection, food security, nutrition and livelihoods opportunities. The HRP sets out detailed and prioritised costed plans for meeting the needs of affected people in north-east Nigeria, coordinated across UN agencies and NGO partners, as well as with the Government of Nigeria.

In 2021, the humanitarian community collectively stepped up to save lives with severely limited capacities and access constraints. With the generous support of donors, the humanitarian community and partners assisted close to 5 million people in 2021, including 1.8 million people with critical protection services and 1.3 million with nutritional support. Through the 2022 HRP, humanitarian actors are ready to again provide targeted, life-saving assistance to the most vulnerable people.

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