However, those hopes were shattered when unknown terrorists attacked two villages killing over 100 people.
The villages of Tchoma Bangou and Zaroumadareye, in the Tillaberi region are located about 125km north of the capital Niamey.
In response to these tragic events, GOAL Niger immediately responded to call to action by authorities to assist people displaced as a result of the attacks.
Our team on the ground distributed essential non food items to 150 displaced households, helping thousands of people.
Each kit composed of:
- Two mosquito nets
- A box of Lavibel soaps
- Two empty cans
- Two plastic kettles
- Two plastic cups
- A plastic water carafe
- A sanitary napkin
- A flashlight
- A plastic bucket
The activity took place in conjunction with local Government authorities and local village chiefs.
Thanking GOAL for their assistance, the Tondikiwindi Mayors office said “This emergency response comes at the right time for these communities. We also thank GOAL for providing extra assistance in the area to help not just displaced people but also the rest of the community in preventing Covid-19.”
Abdou Mayaki, GOAL’s Area Coordinator said “This contribution is part of the concerted response of humanitarian actors under the leadership of OCHA to provide some relief to the displaced people who have left everything behind and enable them to preserve their dignity.”
GOAL has been present in Niger since 2005, mainly in the Zinder region, in the areas of health and nutrition, food security, livelihoods, water, hygiene and sanitation and “nutrition and wash” in schools.
GOAL has extended its interventions to the departments of Ouallam and Tillabéry regions since 2019. This is made possible by various funding sources, including the Irish government’s development aid program (Irish Aid), European civil protection and humanitarian aid operations (ECHO), and the United Nations initiative dedicated to the fight against chronic malnutrition through partners (UNITLIFE), among others. He concluded by wishing good use to the beneficiaries and a return to peace in the region and throughout Niger.
A landlocked country in Africa’s Sahel region, Niger faces complex security and humanitarian challenges. It hosts about 230,000 refugees and 250,000 internally displaced persons, according to the UN.