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Silent Emergency: Lake Chad Crisis Appeal

© InfoImagine surviving on just one meal a day. This is the reality for many people living in Africa’s Lake Chad region.

Almost seven million people don’t have access to enough nutritious food.

Yet this crisis is underfunded and rarely makes the headlines. It is effectively a silent emergency.

Help us change that. #SilentEmergency

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The crisis in five facts 

  • Conflict in north-east Nigeria has spilled across borders into neighbouring Cameroon, Niger and Chad.
  • Millions of people have been forced to flee their homes in search of safety.
  • They have moved into poor areas. Shelter, food and water are scarce.
  • This, combined with the effects of climate change, has created an urgent food crisis.
  • Around ten million people need the basics to survive.

What can you do?

This crisis is largely ignored and underfunded. You can help by spreading the word on Facebook and Twitter, and by donating today.

The Red Cross is one of the few organisations that can operate in the region.

We’ve already reached thousands with food, health care, clean water and other essential items. But it’s not enough. Help us save lives and end the silence.

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Ramata Modou holds up a Polaroid of herself with the remnants of the only meal she will eat that day.

See the Lake Chad crisis through the eyes of one village in this long-read.

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Q&A – the crisis explained

At the state hospital in Maiduguri, Nigeria. Aboubacar, a 12-month-old baby is weighed. He is suffering from the effects of severe malnourishment, is weighed and weighs only 4.74 kg.

Get the answers to some of most frequently asked questions in our Q&A.

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Donate to the Lake Chad Crisis Appeal

On the outskirts of Maiduguri, Muna informal camp for internally displaced persons. Ashe, 20 years old, holds her two-year-old daughter, Amahani, who has been sick for more than one month.

Thousands of families across Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon are surviving on just one meal a day.

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Falmata Ali Makinta, a Nigerian woman wearing a dress and traditional Muslim head covering, stands in a tent

Bombs, disease and hunger haunt life in Maiduguri, Nigeria. Yet some people still have hope.

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