In 2016, thousands of people in the Lake Chad region were forced to flee their homes as a result of violent clashes between the armed group Boko Haram and Chadian military forces.  

Altogether some 2.5 million people have been forced from their homes across the whole Lake Chad region. Many are in camps in Nigeria; others crossed into neighbouring Niger, Cameroon and Chad. Many are living in desperate conditions, without enough food or clean water, and malnutrition rates are alarming.

While on the road


Some of my work while on assignment with Doctors Without Borders


An aerial view of Lake Chad, one of the largest water bodies on the African continent that straddles Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria.
© Sara Creta/MSF

We left Djilom under the threat of Boko Haram in November 2015. Boko Haram attacked our village in the night and we started running. They are killing without mercy. They kill people like animals. We felt like we were prisoners so we decided to leave and come to settle where we felt safe. It is hard here, but we have been welcomed.

Hawa Baguani, a 24 year old IDP, now living in Tataveron, Lake Chad.

Since November 2015, displaced people have settled in the Djameron site. Boko-Haram attacks in the area of Lake Chad in the west of the country forced them to flee their homes.


Hepatitis E Outbreak, Chad, Dec 2016.

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