The Nigerian Red Cross responds to the immediate humanitarian needs of those displaced by focusing on improved health and care, provision of clean water, sanitation facilities, emergency shelter, non-food items, promoting hygiene, psychosocial support, and restoring family links. There have been increasing numbers of displaced in northeast Nigeria due to growing civil unrest. Many of those affected are women, girls, children, and the elderly. A state of emergency was declared in the north-eastern states of Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe, where more than 600,000 people have fled their homes since early 2013. This state of emergency was extended on two occasions due to the intensification of attacks. Over 8,000 people have died as a result of this civil unrest, with suicide attacks carried out using mostly women, children, and girls becoming common, at 10 per week. The number of internally-displaced stands at over two million. This project takes place in the north-eastern states of Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe.
Prolonged violence has displaced millions of Nigerians, many fleeing to camps, with large numbers remaining outside of these camps, in host communities. The Red Cross provides assistance to camps, including distribution of water sanitation items, psychosocial support, and other health-related assistance, as well as being the only organisation reaching internally displaced people in host communities. In communities, the Red Cross delivers community-based health, delivering services like psychosocial support, improving water and hygiene infrastructures, and helping individuals with shelter arrangements, including distributing blankets, kitchen sets, and shelter toolkits. Other services in communities include vocational training. Families are also reunited through establishing focal points in camps and communities to organise reunification.
This project targets 150,000 people.