Field Operation


Niger is facing a protection and humanitarian crisis in border areas with Nigeria, Burkina Faso and Mali, where armed groups perpetuate attacks against security forces and civilians. The security situation continues to be disrupted by larger-scale incidents in the Nigerien part of Liptako Gourma, in the Lake Chad as well as the southwest of the Maradi region.This deterioration in the security situation has resulted in an increase in the number of displaced persons in the country. The regions hosting the highest number of displaced persons are respectively Tillabéri, Diffa, Tahoua and Maradi. In addition, all regions in Niger are vulnerable to disasters and the impact of climate change.


Protection Issues

Conflicts and violence result in widespread human rights violations and protection issues, such as gender-based violence, abductions, killings, cattle rustling, extortion and the use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Attacks from armed groups increase protection risks and continue to forcibly displaced communities in the regions of Diffa, Maradi, Tahoua and Tillabéri. Climatic hazards limit access to services, including health, nutrition, housing, water, sanitation and education. 

  • Abduction, kidnapping, enforced disappearance, arbitrary or unlawful arrest and/or detention
  • Attacks on civilians and other unlawful killings, and attacks on civilian objects
  • Child, early or forced marriage
  • Gender-based violence
  • Impediments and/or restrictions to access to legal identity, remedies and justice
  • Psychological/emotional abuse or inflicted distress
  • Theft, extortion, forced eviction or destruction of personal property
  • Unlawful impediments or restrictions to freedom of movement, siege and forced displacement
  • Child and forced family separation
  • Discrimination and stigmatization, denial of resources, opportunities, services and/or humanitarian access
  • Presence of Mine and other explosive ordnance
  • Trafficking in persons, forced labour or slavery-like practices
  • Disinformation and denial of access to information
  • Forced recruitment and association of children in armed forces and groups
  • Torture or cruel, inhuman, degrading treatment or punishment
Latest Update: Sat, 07/08/2023 - 09:40
People in Need 2022
People Targeted 2022
Funding Requirements (US$)
Funded 2022

Cluster Operation

The Protection Cluster in Niger was activated to ensure the coordination of protection interventions in emergencies and to respond to the protection needs of persons affected by conflict and disasters. It is composed of the Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Area of Responsibility (AoR), and the Child Protection (CP) Area of Responsibility (AoR), as well as a Mine Action Working Group and the Housing, Land and Property Working Group. The Protection Cluster is led by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and co-coordinated by the Danish Refugee Council (DRC).

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Protection Cluster Team

Aliou S. Maiga

Protection Cluster Coordinator

Daniel Thiombiano

Protection Cluster Co-Coordinator

Amadou Bokar

Information Management Officer

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