U.S. policy: Humanitarian assistance

To date, 7.7 million people in Nigeria are in need of life-saving humanitarian assistance, including 3.3 million who do not have enough to eat. Pregnant women and children are particularly vulnerable to malnutrition. Many also lack access to health care. As many as 2.2 million people are internally displaced within the country, and their needs are increasing. Another 224,000 Nigerians are refugees in other countries; many people fear they could be forced to return to an insecure situation.

In 2017, the U.S. government gave $500 million in humanitarian assistance to Nigeria. Much of it went toward health care, as well as assistance for refugees and displaced people. But even though the humanitarian crisis continues, in the current fiscal year the U.S. government has obligated only $230 million for Nigeria.