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Nigeria Crisis – ETS Situation Report #29 (Reporting period 1/03/19 to 31/03/19)

Highlights

The ETS in Nigeria received a contribution of US$720,840 from the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) / US Agency for International Development (USAID) continue providing and expand as require vital communications services across North-East Nigeria.

Two connectivity kits part of the Crisis Connectivity Charter were sent to Maiduguri from Dubai to test the activation of the charter for preparedness purposes.

Radio operators managing the Communications Centres (COMCEN) have been redeployed on 14 and 29 March to seven field humanitarian hubs.

Situation Overview

The security situation in the three north-eastern states of Nigeria, and particularly Borno State, has deteriorated. Conflict between non-state armed groups (NSAG) and the Nigerian Armed Forces (NAF) has caused a wave of 72,000 new displacements since November 2018. Some 1.8 million people are now displaced, over 80 per cent in Borno State; and humanitarian access is highly constrained and complex.

In this context, more than 800,000 people are estimated to reside in areas that are inaccessible to humanitarian actors. In March 2019, the humanitarian hub in Damasak resumed operations after being more than five months not operational due to the volatile security situation.

Source: World Food Programme