Nigerian nurse helping a child

A nurse helping a malnourished child in Nigeria

CAFOD has supported programmes in Nigeria since the 1960s. We work closely with local partners to fight inequality, build peace and provide practical help in emergencies.

Why CAFOD works in Nigeria

Despite some parts of society being wealthy, more than 70% of Nigeria’s population lives on less than $1 per day. Disease, malnutrition, and access to water, healthcare and education are still major problems.

Violence and conflict in Nigeria and neighbouring countries also mean that many families are living as refugees in temporary camps.

Why is there a food crisis in north-east Nigeria?

Eleven years ago, a violent conflict began in north-east Nigeria. A Nigerian militant Islamist group called Boko Haram unleashed a reign of terror on communities, attacking public places, kidnapping women and girls, destroying crops and stealing livestock. Boko Haram attacks have closed markets, and some farming communities haven’t been able to farm for several years.

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) reports that people who make it out of insurgent-controlled areas are malnourished, and that the insecurity has led to a decline in farming, food production and market trading, leaving households destitute. 

Donate to help those going hungry right now

Our work in Nigeria

Your donations are helping us to:

  • Provide emergency food to families who have lost their livelihoods and are unable to farm due to conflict.
  • Support women facing violence, drawing on our experience in helping women to challenge traditional practices that risk justifying domestic abuse.
  • Work with faith leaders to help poor and disadvantaged people to have a voice within government.
  • Help communities to plan for disasters and rebuild their lives after an emergency hits.

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