From the field - Stepping up operations in Nigeria

Stepping up operations in Nigeria - Photo courtesy of Reuters/Afolabi, Sotund

Stepping up operations in Nigeria - Photo courtesy of Reuters/Afolabi, Sotund

In 2011, the ICRC stepped up its operations in Nigeria, especially in the violence-prone regions of the north and in the Niger Delta. 

Inter-communal violence and a nationwide strike against the withdrawal of government fuel subsidies have affected thousands of Nigerians, civilians more than anyone else.

Recent bombings and armed confrontations between the group known as Boko Haram and security forces - most recently in the city of Kano - underscore a fragile humanitarian situation to which the ICRC and the Nigerian Red Cross are seeking to respond.

In Kano and elsewhere, ICRC teams are working alongside Nigerian Red Cross volunteers to help them treat and evacuate the injured. In addition, the delegation has assisted over 4,000 displaced persons in the states of Yobe, Borno, Gombe and Adamawa.

Zoran Jovanovic heads the ICRC delegation in Nigeria. He speaks about current tensions and our action in areas affected by violence.