Oxfam and other NGOs are calling for the release of 26 civil society activists who were arrested in peaceful demonstrations against a new finance law in the capital, Niamey.
The devastation caused by Boko Haram and the military forces fighting them has plunged the people of far eastern Niger into a serious food crisis and has slashed their incomes to a tenth of what they were before.
As part of its emergency response in Diffa, Oxfam in Niger undertook a modified Emergency Market Mapping Analysis in November 2016. The broad aim was to understand the effect of the Boko Haram conflict and the military operations to counter them on the critical livelihood activities of conflict-affected people.
The ongoing conflict with Boko Haram in West Africa has pushed the number of people facing the threat of severe hunger to more than 6 million according to the latest assessments, say 15 humanitarian organizations.
With at least 40,000 civlians displaced by two major Boko Haram attacks in the last 6 weeks, this situation in the Diffa region of Niger is becoming a growing humanitarian crisis - a total of 280,000 people have been forced to flee their homes since the conflict began two years ago.
Oxfam is engaged in an ambitious three year program to address the underlying causes of malnutrition and tackle the tragedy which is estimated to be the cause of nearly half of all child deaths in Niger.