Nigeria is a nation where widespread poverty exists in the midst of plenty. Despite immense resources, years of debilitating military rule have left it vulnerable to poor governance, corruption, economic instability and severe human rights violations.
The conflict provoked by Boko Haram in North East Nigeria has left 2.1 million displaced from their homes, mostly remaining within the country itself. The government has in part pushed Boko Haram back, and internally displaced people have slowly started returning to their home towns. However, they are finding their homes and infrastructure destroyed, with a severe lack of resources and livelihoods.
Insufficient access to food is a huge problem, with many parts of the North East on the brink of famine. In the three most affected states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe, almost 7 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, more than half of them children.