Displaced by conflict in Nigeria

24 August 2015

A health worker vaccinates a young patient against polio at the MSF hospital in Maimusari. Photo: Abraham Oghobase 

People displaced by the ongoing Boko Haram insurgency have settled in different sites around Maiduguri. These Nigerian women now live in this classroom at the Arabic Teacher College. Photo: Abraham Oghobase 

Hauwa Mohammed holds her newborn baby at MSF's Maimusari Hospital. Northern Nigeria has one of the world's highest rates of maternal mortality. Photo: Abraham Oghobase 

Most people displaced by the conflict have lost all of their belongings. Photo: Abraham Oghobase 

Eight-month-old Faruk Mudu is screened for malnutrition at the MSF hospital in Maimusari. Photo: Abraham Oghobase 

MSF supports local health structures with human resources and supplies. Photo: Abraham Oghobase 

School teachers do their best to keep classes running inside the Federal Training Center (FTC) camp. Photo: Abraham Oghobase 

The vast majority of people displaced by the fighting are women, children, and the elderly. Photo: Abraham Oghobase 

Many health facilities in northern Nigeria are underequipped to deal with the needs of the growing population of displaced people. Photo: Abraham Oghobase 

Food supplies are limited, so children are prioritized. Providing assistance to the displaced population remains challenging due to security and logistical constraints. Photo: Abraham Oghobase 

Muhammed Bukar is disabled. He fled fighting near his home and now uses metal scraps to make toys for children. Photo: Abraham Oghobase 

Bagana Modu shows off his toy helicopter at the FTC camp. Photo: Abraham Oghobase 

Since May 2013, a violent insurgency by Boko Haram has led to widespread displacement and an escalating humanitarian crisis in the Lake Chad region.

According to UNHCR, nearly 1.4 million people have been internally displaced in northeast Nigeria alone, and approximately 170,000 people have fled to neighboring Cameroon (56,000), Chad (14,000), and Niger (100,000). At least 1,300 people have died due to the violence so far this year.

Nigeria's Borno State remains the epicentre of the current conflict and the situation continues to be extremely volatile and tense. Random attacks are common, mostly targeting civilians.


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