Past eventResearch Event

The Humanitarian Situation in Northeastern Nigeria and the Region: Challenges and Responses

19 May 2015 - 15:30 to 16:30

Chatham House, London


Martin Schüepp, Deputy Head of Operations for North and West Africa, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
Isabelle Mouniaman, Operations Manager, Nigeria, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
Dr Chibuzo Okonta, Medical Adviser, Nigeria, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
Chair: Bob Dewar CMG, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House



While military action in recent weeks has reversed some of the territorial gains made by Boko Haram in northeast Nigeria, the insurgency continues and with it an unprecedented humanitarian crisis in the region. Years of brutal attacks on civilians by Boko Haram and heavy-handed military responses have destroyed communities and resulted in the displacement of an estimated 1.2 million people within Nigeria. Since late 2014 and early 2015, neighbours Cameroon, Niger and Chad have experienced a rise in their numbers of internally displaced people as well as Nigerian refugees.  

At this event the speakers will provide an update on the humanitarian situation, discuss operational challenges, and assess what steps might be taken to improve delivery of humanitarian assistance.