Caritas urged governments, local leaders and donors to act in Africa’s central Sahel, which is facing one of the world’s fastest-growing crises.
As the coronavirus sweeps through African countries Caritas Niger is ensuring parishes, communities, health centres and schools have the means to protect themselves against the pandemic through high standards of hand hygiene.
A High Level Conference on the Lake Chad Region is taking place in Berlin, Germany, 3-4 September. Africa’s Lake Chad region, which includes parts of Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon, is facing a massive humanitarian crisis driven by poverty, climate change and conflict.
Nearly 6 million people in Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal are struggling to meet their daily food needs. Severe malnutrition threatens the lives of 1.6 million children.
Caritas Niger says there have been several deadly attacks by Boko Haram militants recently, forcing thousands to flee their homes in Niger and neigbouring Nigeria.
Elvine, 37, paid 6,000 Euro to people smugglers to make the tough journey through the desert from Cameroon to Libya, passing through Chad, Niger, Mali and Libya. She was heading for Tripoli where a family friend had offered to give her refuge.
Caritas says people fleeing Boko Haram fighters are facing a “tragedy” in Niger. Tens of thousands of people are living under trees or out in the open after escaping from their towns and villages in the wake of the fundamentalist insurgent advances.