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Our humanitarian aid in Nigeria

With more than 200 million inhabitants, Nigeria is Africa's most populous country. Despite being one of the world's largest oil producers and one of Africa's largest economies, an extremely large number of Nigerians live in extreme poverty. In addition, the north-east of Nigeria is also suffering from the conflict with the Islamist terrorist militia Boko Haram and the Islamic State, which has been going on for over ten years and is forcing more and more people to flee.

It started as a local insurgency and has developed into a regional armed conflict affecting Niger, Chad and Cameroon in addition to Nigeria, with no end in sight. Attacks, suicide bombings, kidnappings and gender-based violence are daily fare.

More than 8,3 million people in north-eastern Nigeria are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. The country is also receiving more than 36,000 refugees from Cameroon in the south-east of the country.

Give a donation to support people in need in Nigeria!

Your donation can help provide clean drinking water and hygiene and support girls and women who have experienced gender-based violence

The ongoing conflict in Nigeria has forced many people to leave their homes and seek refuge in camps secured by the military that are hopelessly overpopulated. Most of the displaced are cut off from their fields and any other means of making a living. Clean drinking water is not sufficiently available. Displacement poses further dangers for women. Both during and after their displacement, many girls and women experience sexual violence and other forms of gender-based violence such as forced or child marriage.

Malteser International has been working in Nigeria since 2017 and helps to improve living conditions in the camps and host communities. We build wells, water systems and toilets, and thus help to mitigate diseases such as cholera, which are caused by contaminated water. We also run several houses where girls and women can find shelter and access psychosocial care and training opportunities to become independent and self-sufficient. In collaboration with our partner organization Rhema Care, we also improve the water supply and access to toilets and hygiene materials for refugees from Cameroon and host communities in south-eastern Nigeria.

Stories from Nigeria:


Our Communications Officer, Katharina Kiecol, traveled to north-eastern Nigeria to see for herself how people on the run live and how we support them. She spoke to women in Pulka who are receiving psychosocial support in our Safe Space. During her visit to Mashamari, she learned just how important the water supply is in these communities. In this report, you can find out what she experienced on site and what lessons she learned.

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Back to life - A safe haven for women and girls in Nigeria

Life as a refugee is particularly dangerous for women and girls. They often experience various forms of violence. Fatuma and Hadiza (names changed) were raped and disowned by their families. Our staff mediated with the families in the conflicts, provided psychosocial support to the women, and showed them a path to reintegrate into life.

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On the run: Health must not be left behind

According to the latest figures of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), some 110 million people were on the run in 2022. This is the highest number recorded. Displaced individuals remain among the most vulnerable members of society and their health needs are often neglected. Many of them undertake long, exhausting journeys with inadequate access to food and water, sanitation, and other basic services, increasing their risk of getting sick.

On the occasion of World Refugee Day, June 20th 2023, we are launching a digital campaign under the title „ On the run: Health must not be left behind “. With this campaign, we want to raise awareness about everyone ‘s right - regardless of their circumstances - to health and access to people-centered and high-quality health services.

More information about our campaign

Nigeria: a safe space for women and girls in the refugee camp

Seven years ago, the 30-year-old Yakaka and her family fled from the violence at her home community. Since then, they reside in the Mashamari Camp in Borno State, northeast of Nigeria. For two years, Malteser International has been operating so-called ‘Safe Spaces’ in camps for refugees, in which 30-50 young women and girls are able to benefit from case management, psychosocial support services, and other offers. Moreover, they provide skills training for women to support their livelihoods.

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"I almost lost my mind"

Three years ago, insurgents from the terror militia, Boko Haram attacked Kulu's village, and killed her husband. She was forced to flee with her children and arrived in a camp for displaced persons in Maiduguri, in northeastern Nigeria. The experiences left her traumatized and fearing for her sanity. Today, she is trying to get her life back on track despite the circumstances.

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Project info

Standorte in Nigeria

Office locations: Maiduguri, Pulka and Yola

Partners: National Council for Women‘s Societies, Rhema Care, Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASSA)

Financing: Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, German Federal Foreign Office, Nigeria Humanitarian Fund

Photo credits: Emily Kinskey/Malteser International


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