Fati, 29, from Tangoura in Chad stands with her sons Hussam, Ousseine and Toukour outside the small makeshift shelter in which they live in the village of Toumour in north eastern Niger on September 6, 2016.
Her family fled when fighting broke out between soldiers and the extremist group Boko Haram where she was living, two years ago. Since then she’s been seeing safety, living in this small hut with her four children. Four days previously, her peace was shattered when a Boko Haram attack occurred in the village.
Fati said: “Life here is ok but the recent attacks here changed our mood.”
She added: “I’m sick. I’m not feeling well, My husband has no money to cover my medical needs. We don’t know when the situation will improve and we’ll be able to return home.”
Over the last few years the small village of Toumour has seen its population swell from 10,000 people to some 42,000-45,000 people as first refugees fleeing Boko Haram in Nigeria, Chad and Cameroon sought sanctuary there, followed by displaced Nigereins.
Some 10,000 people are served by an Oxfam installed water system but otherwise the residents have no immediate access to
water. Malnutrition and malaria are rife.
The 50,00 litre solar powered tank was installed in early August 2015 and Oxfam plans to expand the network to the rest of the town.
Violent Acts by Boko Haram over the last seven years 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. Boko Haram raids and suicide bombings targeting civilians continue to cause widespread trauma preventing people from accessing essential services and destroying vital infrastructure.
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 affecte