GPC Operations Cell: gpc[at]unhcr.org
Gender-Based Violence: chase[at]unfpa.org
Child Protection: rpouwels[at]unicef.org
Housing, Land and Property: jim.robinson[at]nrc.no
Mine Action: unmasgeneva[at]un.org
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.
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.
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).