In the Diffa Region of Niger, tens of thousands of refugees and displaced people are living in harsh conditions because of the fighting in neighboring Nigeria. Countless civilians have been killed in violent raids in the region since February 2015.
Local communities – already struggling with economic hardship and a series of droughts – are finding it hard to cope. The economy has been in a state of collapse since cross-border trade with Nigeria all but dried up. Agricultural output, which is concentrated around Lake Chad, has plummeted owing to the risk of attack.
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