The COVID-19 pandemic has put already vulnerable communities in Nigeria at even greater risk.
After a decade-long conflict, 10.6 million people in Nigeria's northeast region are in need of urgent humanitarian aid. The brutal conflict has caused massive displacement of nearly 2 million people, mostly women and children. With health and education systems already in crisis, children are fighting to survive.
Your urgent support today can provide lifesaving relief to one of the most severe crises in the world.
Help Save Children in Nigeria
In Nigeria, up to 90,000 children could die this year from severe malnutrition. The causes are many — civil conflict, severe food insecurity, disease, floods and displacement. Beyond these challenges, a recent cholera outbreak is further imperiling the lives of Nigeria’s children. The situation is growing worse by the day – if we don’t act now, many more children risk losing their lives.
Things to Know: #EndSARS in Southeast Nigeria
Nationwide protests in Lagos, the largest city in Nigeria, began on Oct. 8 in response to the recently disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) unit amid allegations of police brutality.
The #EndSARS campaign has been active since 2017, but tensions have escalated due to a violent clash during a protest in October 20, which turned deadly when the Nigerian army and police opened fire on peaceful protesters.
In 1984, SARS was formed in response to increases in armed robberies in crime. According to Amnesty International, between January 2017 and May 2020, there were at least 82 cases of torture, ill- treatment and extra-judicial execution by SARS[i].
Children in Nigeria face the challenges of civil conflict, malnutrition and food insecurity, disease and extreme weather every day. The mounting conflict surrounding the #EndSARS movement puts already vulnerable children in Nigeria further at risk.
The Challenges for Children in Nigeria
Suffering conflict, disease and lack of access to food and clean water, Nigerian children need your help.*
- 50% of girls 15 and older are literate
- 32% of school-age children are out of school
104 out of 1000 children die
before their 5th birthday
- 51% of children are engaged in child labor
- 70% of people live in poverty
Our Work for Children in Nigeria
Save the Children in Nigeria is distributing food to vulnerable families, reaching nearly 16,500 people. Our teams have established therapeutic feeding centers and outreach centers that provide food for infants and young children suffering from malnutrition.
We also run a stabilization center for severely malnourished children with complications. Save the Children is also working to strengthen health systems and support maternal and child health in four northern states.
- Protected 296,132 children from harm
- Supported 186,315 children in times of crisis
- Provided 5,471,422 children with a healthy start in life
- Gave 5,266,326 children vital nourishment
- Supported 296,394 parents to provide for their children’s basic needs
How to Help Children in Nigeria
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Sources: * Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s monitoring and evaluation experts and from the 2019 Global Childhood Report. You can access detailed data here. Other sources as follows: Population: CIA World Factbook; The World Bank, 2016; Unesco Institute for Statistics (UIS)
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