In Niger, violence affects several regions, displacing around 264,000 people within the country. The regions of Tillabéri and Tahoua are particularly affected by the stalled security situation.
People displaced face many challenges, which several humanitarian actors are trying to address by providing basic services such as medical care, shelter, safe water, access to education, and food.
However, to benefit from these services, a major piece is missing from the puzzle: civil documentation. Between July and September 2020, more than 3/4 of families reported that at least 1 member lacked identity documentation.
Without legal documentation, these already vulnerable people become "invisible" and face many risks. In the short term, they cannot enjoy their most basic rights or access basic humanitarian services.
Children cannot be enrolled in school or take exams, while undocumented adults have their movements restricted by police checks. In the medium and long term, they run an even greater risk with dramatic consequences: statelessness. They will not be recognised as citizens of any country and will not be able to enjoy any protection.
With EU humanitarian support, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) provides civil and legal documentation assistance to the internally displaced, refugees, and the most vulnerable host communities in 5 regions of Niger, including Tillabéri.
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