An Oxfam protection officer inspects Aamin*, who is two and half years old and badly malnourished as he sits with his mother Aisha*, 35, at at a camp for displaced people in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, on September 17, 2016. Oxfam is helping people here with sanitation and protection issues.
Aisha* told Oxfam: 'He's sick and there's no food. We've been here for a year like this."
"The problem is nutrition. I need help with nutrition. I only have maize. There's been nothing else but maize for at least one year. My husband doesn't have work. I used to go and beg. Whatever I get I to use to feed my children."
"We used to be farmers and we had plenty of food. Boko Haram attacked the village and burned down the houses because we didn't accept their ideology. We came away empty handed. We can't go back until peace comes to our area."
Violent Acts by Boko Haram over the last seven years, along with military operations to counter them have displaced around 2.6 million people in the Lake Chad Basin region (Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon). This is Africa’s fastest growing displacement crisis.
The number of displaced people in the most affected areas has tripled over the last 2 years. Most of the displaced families are sheltered by communities that count among the world's poorest and most vulnerable. Food insecurity and malnutrition in the affected region have reached alarming levels.
In Nigeria Oxfam works in Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states, providing people with emergency food support, clean water and better sanitation. Oxfam have also set up community protection groups for women to give them information about access to support facilities if they have suffered from sexual violence and exploitation. Oxfam has distributed cooking equipment, and provided seeds and tools to help traders and farmers.
Oxfam aims to reach over 1.5 million people by the end of December 2017.
*Names have been changed to protect identities.