Thousands of Nigerians fled the Tillabéri region, where a particularly deadly attack on two villages in the Ouallam branch took place on 2 January. This is in the western part of the country in the so-called “three borders” area near Mali and Burkina Faso.
This attack qualified as a terrorist by the authorities had claimed hundreds of victims. But it is the residents of a total of twelve villages who fled for fear of further abuse, as Jean-Sébastien Josset, a UNHCR spokesman based in Niamey, explains.
A total of 10,000 people fled the attacked villages and twelve surrounding villages. To date, it is the Nigerian authorities that provide emergency assistance to the people, namely food supply and registration of displaced persons. At the same time, they ensure the security of the area, which enables all humanitarian actors to deploy and provide emergency assistance: shelter, health and psychological care.
In an attempt to confirm the presence of the state after these deadly attacks and strengthen social cohesion, a forum was held in Ouallam on Saturday in the presence of the interior minister, governor, society, religious and political leaders. .