Insecurity stemming from crises in neighbouring countries impacts populations in Niger. In Diffa region, where a state of emergency has been in place since 2015, Boko Haram continues to carry out sporadic attacks on civilians and against the authorities, whilst around 168,000 Nigerian refugees have crossed the border seeking safety in Niger.?Cross-border violence and intercommunal tensions also affect Tillaberi and Tahoua regions, leading to significant population displacement. ?Since September 2018, the Burkina Faso border area has seen increasing attacks by jihadist armed groups against the local population and authorities, leading to States of Emergency declared in several departments. ?

INFORM measures Niger's risk of humanitarian crisis and disaster to be high, at 6.7/10. Lack of coping capacity and vulnerability are of particular concern at 7.6/10 and 6.8/10 respectively.?

Latest Developments

More than 200 people were killed in two attacks in the regions of Tahoua and Tillaberi within one week. On 16 March, unidentified armed men attacked vehicles carrying passengers on their way home from the weekly market in Banibangou (Tillaberi), killing at least 66. On 21 March, 137 people, mostly refugees and IDPs, lost their lives when unidentified armed men attacked Intazayene, Bakorat, and Wistane villages in Tillia department (Tahoua). These were the third and fourth attacks exclusively targeting civilians since the beginning of the year. Armed group presence has reportedly increased in the area during the month of February, and has become semi-permanent in some villages on the border with Burkina Faso. Access to weekly markets has become a concern as the population are fearful of kidnapping, forced recruitment, sexual and gender-based violence, and deadly attacks. There are nearly 200,000 people, including 60,200 Malian refugees, currently displaced in Tahoua and Tillaberi regions, a 22% increase from 12 months ago. ?

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Key Figures

Total population
People in Need
Moderate humanitarian conditions - Level 3
Severe humanitarian conditions - Level 4
Key figures are for the entire response and are not CCCM-specific.

INFORM Global Crisis Severity Index

Crisis Severity: 3.7

Impact: 4.1

Humanitarian Conditions: 3.7

Complexity: 3.4

Access Constraints: 3

The above scale is from 0 (Very low) to 5 (Very high)
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HDX datasets

8 Common Operating Datasets or CCCM-tagged datsets are on the Humanitarian Data Exchange: