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Deputy humanitarian chief concludes visit to Niger

16 Dec 2019

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Deputy humanitarian chief Ursula Mueller meets with women in Diffa, south-east Niger, who were forced to flee their homes due to violence. Credit: OCHA

United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Ursula Mueller, has just concluded a six-day visit to Niger.

During the visit, Ms. Muller met with the President, the Prime Minister and other government officials, discussing the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the country.

The deputy humanitarian chief also travelled to the regions of Diffa and Maradi, where she met with regional authorities, local communities and people displaced by the Lake Chad crisis and intercommunal clashes in north-west Nigeria.

This year, Niger was hit by the worst floods recorded in 100 years. Ms. Mueller met some of those who lost their houses and are still living in displacement sites due to climate shocks.

She also visited refugees and migrant transit centres outside of the capital, Niamey, and a rehabilitation centre for children affiliated with non-State armed groups.

More than 2.3 million people are currently in need of humanitarian assistance in Niger, and the number is expected to rise to 2.9 million in 2020. The UN and humanitarian partners are developing, together with the Government, a Humanitarian Response Plan for 2020 seeking US$407 million to assist 1.9 million people.