Past eventResearch Event

Preventing Catastrophe? Responding to the Humanitarian Crisis in North-East Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin

16 September 2016 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Chatham House, London


Dr Mercedes Tatay, International Medical Secretary, Médecins Sans Frontières
Toby Lanzer, Assistant Secretary-General and Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel, United Nations
Chair: Bob Dewar, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House



Since 2011, the Boko Haram insurgency has killed over 15,000 people and driven 2.4 million from their homes in Nigeria’s North-East and bordering areas.

While the ongoing military operations in the region have seen significant improvement in the conflict situation since early 2015, the eradication of Boko Haram from most of the region’s large towns has revealed the devastating humanitarian emergency that has taken hold.

As food prices soar, 4.5 million people currently face acute food insecurity and hundreds of thousands of people remain inaccessible to relief efforts.

At this event, Dr Mercedes Tatay and Toby Lanzer will provide insights into the current humanitarian situation, discuss the approach and challenges to relief efforts and what more needs to be done.