International Rescue Committee (IRC)

The IRC in Nigeria

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More than 1.4 million people have been displaced by attacks in north-eastern Nigeria. The IRC is is working with local primary health care facilities to reduce malnutrition and improve water, sanitation and hygiene in conflict-affected areas for more than 300,000 people.


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  • The IRC is leading the humanitarian response in Yola, a town in southern Adamawa state hosting 400,000 of those forced to flee.
  • The IRC is working with the community to restore clean water sources and promotes good hygiene practices that prevent the spread of disease.
  • The IRC has also distributed food vouchers to more than 10,000 people. The IRC has distributed food vouchers, insecticide-treated mosquito nets, essential household items such as plates and cooking pots to thousands of displaced people in Yola.
  • We've constructed emergency shelters and latrines for people who are unable to live with a host family.
  • We provide reading and math classes for children aged 8-13 three times a week. The IRC organizes safe spaces where children have the opportunity to play and regain a sense of a normal childhood. 
  • The IRC reached over 800,000 people who lost their homes and livelihoods during the 2012 flood by providing access to safe water and sanitation facilities, distributing essential household items and farming tools.


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