Due to constrained access in the region, humanitarian organizations have until recently focused primarily on providing assistance to those living in and around Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state. Recent assessments – including those conducted by Mercy Corps – show that an estimated 800,000 people are living in burned villages and unstructured camps in 15 different locations across Borno, facing widespread malnutrition, little-to-no food or assistance, non-existent markets and no means to earn a living.
Mercy Corps is working swiftly to respond to the crisis in Damboa and Sabon Gari, two of the heavily impacted and most vulnerable communities. The organization is planning distributions of food and other items essential for survival, hygiene assistance and protection for vulnerable civilians, particularly women and children.
"In these two locations alone, we identified more than 100,000 people who are in immediate need of food and other help," says Michael Muazu, a Mercy Corps humanitarian projects manager who conducted the assessment. "Women are especially vulnerable because many have little to no ability to move safely outside the camps or conduct normal daily activities such as preparing food and bathing."
Mercy Corps has been working in Nigeria since 2012 both to address urgent humanitarian needs and implement long-term solutions that help individuals and communities build resilience, with a particular focus on empowering adolescent girls, teaching conflict-mitigation skills and connecting people to financial services.
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