Humanitarian Crisis in Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin

Disease outbreaks and hunger

Millions of lives threatened in Lake Chad region

Time to act

More than 17 million people in need


About the crisis in Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin

The violent conflict that began in Nigeria in 2009 has resulted in a severe crisis in the northeast of the country, creating vast need for lifesaving support. 8.5 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, 5.8 million food assistance (745,000 are acutely malnourished), and 1.9 million people have been forced from their homes.

The Lake Chad Basin crisis is affecting more than 17 million people across north eastern Nigeria, Cameroon’s Far North, western Chad and south eastern Niger. Caused by the ravages of violent conflict, extreme poverty, underdevelopment and climate change, more than 10.8 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. Most of the 2.4 million displaced by the crisis - more than half of them children - are sheltering in communities who are among the poorest in the world. Across the region, over 7 million people - one in three families - is food insecure, and malnutrition rates have reached critical levels, particularly in the north east of Nigeria.

What CARE is doing

CARE has reached almost 400,000 people in Cameroon, Chad and Niger affected by the crisis with life-saving food, shelter, water, farming supplies, household and cooking items as well as hygiene kits. Our newly opened office in Nigeria is aiming to reach 900,000 people with life-saving food and livelihood assistance, sexual and reproductive health services as well as supporting women affected by gender-based violence.

Learn more about the Global Hunger Crisis.

*Updated July 2017



How CARE Works In Emergencies


In 2011 alone, CARE reached 12 million people affected by natural disasters, conflict situations and other crises.


In emergencies, CARE is among the first to arrive and the last to leave. When it comes to responding to an emergency, timing is crucial.