Present in Nigeria since 2017, ACTED teams are supporting displaced and conflict-affected populations in the North-East of the country, around Maiduguri, with a coordination office based in Abuja. The NGO provides emergency assistance to the most vulnerable populations through a variety of activities, such as building emergency shelters, distributing non-food items, assisting in the management of camps for displaced persons or providing logistical support as well as information management services to the humanitarian community.
As it reaches its ninth year, the conflict in North-East Nigeria has led to widespread displacements, affecting indiscriminately people who live in vulnerable areas. To this date, up to 1.9 million people have fled their homes and more than 20,000 lost their lives. Mass displacement have forced people to abandon their crops and livelihoods, resulting in a food and nutrition crisis which has led to alarming rates of hunger and malnutrition. The fighting has caused large scale destruction of private and public infrastructure, including damage to more than 1,200 schools.
The most affected states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe, North and East of Nigeria, have an estimated 8.5 million people in need of life-saving assistance, more than 50% of whom are children. Reaching all people in need remains the biggest challenge as high levels of insecurity and restricted access persist. Vulnerable populations are in critical need of humanitarian assistance including education, food, water, sanitation, protection, shelter, and health services.
In early 2017, ACTED opened an office in Nigeria to support displaced and conflict-affected populations in the North-Eastern part of the country. Currently, our projects focus on assisting displaced persons, returnees, and host communities in Mafa, Jere, Dikwa, and Damaska in the following sectors:
Emergency Shelter and Non-Food Item support for 1,130 conflict-affected families in North-East Nigeria
Integrated Multi-Sectoral Lifesaving Assistance to Conflict-Affected Populations in North-Eastern Nigeria
General food distribution for vulnerable families in Borno State, Nigeria
Common storage services for supply chain management in North-Eastern Nigeria