More than a million children are in danger
Right now, children in Nigeria and neighbouring countries are facing the constant threat of violence, abuse and famine.
In 2014, the world was shocked when more than 270 schoolgirls were abducted in Chibok, north-east Nigeria. Since then, around 2,000 more children have been abducted to turn them into fighters, slaves and even suicide bombers. And now a famine alert has been issued for Nigeria.
Conflict in Nigeria is having a devastating impact on children
Since this conflict began, nearly 1.3 million children have been forced from their homes. Hundreds of girls and boys have been killed, thousands have gone missing or become separated from their parents. The violence has kept more than 670,000 children out of their classrooms for more than a year. This is having a devastating effect on children’s lives and futures. These children are in desperate need of our protection – we need your help.
How will my donation help children?
Unicef staff are on the ground now, providing clean water and life-saving health services for children and families in Nigeria and in neighbouring countries; getting children back to learning by creating temporary learning spaces; and delivering life-saving food for malnourished children. We are also providing psychosocial support for children affected by the conflict to help them cope with distress and trauma.
In November 2016 alone, we treated 132,503 children for severe acute malnutrition and provided specialist support to more than 5,000 women and children associated with armed groups who were affected by sexual and gender-based violence to help them recover and reintegrate with communities. But we simply don’t have enough funds to reach every child in danger – a staggering 4.25 million children urgently need humanitarian assistance.
In January 2017 a famine alert was issued for Nigeria. Your donation will help our teams on the ground to get life-saving food to children in desperate need.
You can help us reach more children affected by the conflict. Please donate now and help us protect children in danger in and around Nigeria.
For the first 12 months monthly donations made to this appeal will go to children affected by the conflict in Nigeria. After that they will go to our Children’s Emergency Fund. In the unlikely event that the funds raised exceed Unicef’s funding requirements for this appeal, your one off or monthly gift will also go to the Children’s Emergency Fund.