Niger: Coup Could Exacerbate Humanitarian Crisis

Photo: Lys Arango, Action Against Hunger, Niger

Action Against Hunger has suspended some of our programs in Niger, and our teams are standing by to resume them as soon as possible.

During a coup on July 26, Niger’s presidential guard detained President Mohamed Bazoum inside the Presidential Palace. Military authorities have also closed air and land borders and imposed an overnight curfew across the country.

Action Against Hunger staff in Niger are safe, but some of our humanitarian activities have been temporarily suspended. Our teams are closely monitoring the situation and standing by to resume our lifesaving work as soon as it is safe and possible to do so.

Niger has been in the midst of its worst humanitarian crisis in a decade, which has been exacerbated by a late rainy season and long periods of alternating drought and floods. From now until the end of August, cases of child malnutrition are expected to increase significantly, making our interventions even more necessary. According to the latest estimates, about four million people urgently need humanitarian assistance in Niger.

Action Against Hunger has been present in Niger since 1997. In Maradi, Tahoua, and Diffa, our teams support and partner with local and regional healthcare systems to treat and prevent malnutrition. We are also working to improve access to primary healthcare and sexual and reproductive health services. In addition, we are increasing access to clean water by building wells and improving sanitation by repairing and upgrading latrines. To support vulnerable families in times of crisis, we distribute food, seed kits, and cash assistance.