Rich petroleum and oil reserves contribute to Nigeria’s fast-growing economy. With a population of 119 million, more people live here than in any other country in Africa.
However, beginning in May 2013, a violent insurrection by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram has forced hundreds of thousands of people in northeast Nigeria to flee their homes and livelihoods. The result has been a humanitarian crisis in the Lake Chad region, with critical shortages of food and medical care.
Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) first worked in Nigeria in 1971. Our projects have focused on responding to conflict, exclusion from healthcare and malnutrition.