The United Nations on Friday warned that escalating violence along Niger’s borders with Burkina Faso, Mali and Nigeria threatened the health and safety of a hard-hit civilian population.
“The insecurity has forcibly displaced more than 537,000 people across the country,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said. “It has also affected people’s access to basic social services, including education and health care.”
On Thursday, a raid by non-state actors killed at least 18 people and injured several others in the village of Dagazamni, the office said.
Religious militants, raging the southern Sahel, are generally blamed for such attacks.
“Some 2.3 million people in Niger, 600,000 people more than projected in November 2020, will likely face severe food insecurity in the June-August lean season due to drought, floods and insecurity,” OCHA said.
About 3.8 million people in Niger need humanitarian assistance this year, the office said. Aid agencies need 523 million U.S. dollars to help the most vulnerable 2.1 million of them. Only 8 percent of the funding is secured.