IRC condemns a number of assaults on civilians in Niger that killed greater than 200 individuals in simply ten days

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The Worldwide Rescue Committee condemns the a number of mindless assaults towards civilian populations by armed teams within the Tahoua and Tilabery areas in Niger. Previously ten days alone, three assaults in Banibangou, Tahoua and Abala have killed not less than 200 civilians, together with not less than 28 kids. The assaults additionally destroyed productive infrastructure comparable to granaries, jeopardizing livelihoods in a number of the nation’s most weak areas.

The IRC mobilized its groups in Niger who’re conducting assessments for displaced populations and affected households in want of safety assist. We additionally distribute shelter kits and fundamental home goods for speedy use.

Aboubakar Pefoura, IRC The Senior Emergency Coordinator in Niger mentioned:

“We’re appalled by the continued assault on civilians who had been simply going about their enterprise, fetching water. Not solely 137 civilians had been killed on this newest assault, however 22 of them had been kids. Civilians ought to by no means be a goal, particularly kids, and this elementary precept have to be revered in battle conditions by all events. IRC stands by the aspect of the Nigerien individuals and stays dedicated to its core mission of offering important humanitarian help to the area, even within the face of rising insecurity.

Niger is already one of the crucial precarious areas within the Sahel and has been rocked by years of meals insecurity, climate shocks, violence and extremism. In 2019, civilian deaths within the Niger area elevated by 2,400% in comparison with 2016. The UN Safety Council ought to publicly condemn IHL violations by all events to the battle and press for impartial investigations IHL, together with full and printed investigations into assaults that kill civilians or destroy civilian infrastructure.

The IRC has been working in Niger since 2013. We assist displaced populations and native communities in Diffa, Tillaberi and Agadez areas and play a number one position within the speedy response mechanism in Niger. We offer weak populations with money transfers, meals vouchers and agricultural assist, in addition to safety applications for girls and kids. The IRCThe well being response consists of screening and treating severely malnourished kids and offering well being care facilities with important medicine and tools.

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