The situation of forced relocation in West and Central Africa.

The number of people compelled to flee their homes in West and Central Africa increased dramatically in 2019 and 2020. By the end of 2020, the number of internally displaced individuals (IDPs) had risen to almost 5 million, an increase of more than 30% in only a year. The rapidly deteriorating situation in Burkina Faso and western Niger, Northeast, Northwest Nigeria was a major factor in this increasing trend. There are concerns that the current scenario will persist because no quick solutions to this problem are in sight.

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Crisis In Sahel and Nigeria

The security situation in the central Sahel has worsened even further, with a considerable increase in the number of persons forcefully displaced through banditry. Access to vulnerable communities got increasingly difficult in the meanwhile, particularly in Nigeria.


The security situation in the Lake Chad Basin will continue to be precarious and unpredictable. Conflicts, primarily in Cameroon’s, Chad’s, Niger’s, and Nigeria’s border areas, will continue to wreak havoc on the protective environment and endanger the civilian and humanitarian nature of refuge. Richway Samaritan Foundation is focusing its response in Nigeria on key return areas for refugees and IDPs, as well as contributing to the response to IDPs’ protection and shelter needs.

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