The Lake Chad Basin millions of people are facing one of the largest humanitarian crises. Since 2009 violence perpetrated by the Nigerian extremist group Boko Haram in Central and West Africa have never ended and attacks against local population became too usual.
The crisis became complex and unprecedented and today the humanitarian assistance is difficult and for this reason more necessary: food insecurity, loss of homes, weak infrastructure, limited resources, especially for hundreds of thousands people remain trapped by the conflict without access to humanitarian assistance.
Regional and multi-sectoral response
Since 2014, COOPI has responded to the crisis through different interventions in the countries situated in the Lake Chad Basin: Niger, Chad, Nigeria and in the near future Cameroun. More than 100.000 of households affected by the conflicts were reached in Yobe and Borno (Nigeria), Lake Region (Chad) and Diffa region (Niger).
COOPI is providing multi-sectoral emergency response focused on food security, nutrition, protection and education, even if every country required different kinds of needs. As in Niger, for example, where supporting refugees and displaced people means also recreational and psychosocial activities implemented by a team of international psychologists. Or in the case of Nigeria, where COOPI aims to reach 8,500 children under five suffering form acute malnutrition with a multi-sectoral intervention covering nutrition, food security and child protection. Or for example in Chad, where 1500 families received agricultural support, cash for work and/or livestock support.
A long-lasting field work
In the Lake Chad Basin, COOPI is constantly working with international partners – European Commission Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO), UNICEF, UNHCR, the Swiss Cooperation, IOM and other UN agencies – in coordination with local stakeholders and in partnership with the United Nation system and the NGOs. Our aim is to provide humanitarian aid in these areas and to reach the highest number of communities affected by the crisis. A crisis that today, despite numerous alerts raised by the humanitarian community, still remains consistently under-funded.