Across Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad, over 2.7 million people, mostly women and children, have now fled the Boko Haram-related violence
Many children have been subject to grave violations including forced recruitment, and being used as suicide bombers. Women and girls have been trafficked, raped, abducted and forcibly married. Schools have been attacked, looted, damaged or used as shelter by displaced families. The conflict is exacting a heavy toll on children, affecting not just their well-being and their safety but also their access to basic health, education, nutrition and social services.
With water levels starting to fall, the Nigeria-based armed group is seizing the opportunity to cross over the Komadougou River, into Niger from Nigeria. As the river continues to dry up in April and May, we expect to see an increase in violence in the Diffa region. Both refugees and internally displaced people are affected by the insecurity, fleeing attacks and also fleeing to safer locations ahead of attacks.
These images are courtesy of Unicef act as a reminder of a huge crisis that many have forgotten and of the people that have to live with it.