Thousands of people have sought safety in neighbouring Niger as a result of violence in northern Mali, according to the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). As the UN says, security sources say that more than 400 civilians were killed in this fight.
According to Ocha, the majority of the refugees are settling in the Tahoua region. The World Food Programme is already assisting some people (WFP). An escalating humanitarian crisis and a lack of food are the main factors that led to the crisis.
According to the UN and Nigerien authorities, Niger is experiencing a severe food crisis exacerbated by drought and jihadist warfare, which has stopped farmers from growing their land. As far back as 2017, extremist groups like Al-Qaeda and ISIS have been fighting in the area.
Suspected jihadists carried out the largest massacres of civilians in Niger in 2021, killing 100 people in two villages in Tillabéri in January and 141 in multiple towns and camps in Tahoua in March. Following the Tahoua killings, the authorities closed a camp in Intikane that housed 20,000 Malian refugees and was suspected of being a jihadist stronghold.