Urgent Action: Displaced Women, Children Denied Right to Food (Nigeria: UA 102.18)

Approximately 230 internally displaced women (known as the Knifar movement) and their children have not had food delivered to the internally displaced (IDP) camp since 18 April. Their food supply has run out. This denial of food to the women and their children is seen as an attempt by the authorities to force them to go back to their former homes where they would risk facing various human rights violations.


A group of approximately 230 internally displaced women (known as the Knifar movement) and their children risk starvation as authorities have stopped supplying food to the IDP camp they have been living in since 2017. Food was last delivered to the camp on 18 April and it did not even last one week. There has been no communication from camp authorities on why the supply stopped. Women and their children have been left with no alternative means of getting food.

Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:

  • Urging the government to respect the right to food and halt any plans to cut off food aid to the hundreds of internally displaced women known as the Knifar movement and their children;
  • Calling on them, in line with international human rights and humanitarian law, to stop any plans to forcibly return the internally displaced women and their children to Bama area where they would face insecurity and risk human rights violations including restrictions on their right to movement.

Contact these two officials by 29 June 2018:

Vice President of Nigeria
Prof. Yemi Osinbajo
Office of the Vice President
Nigerian Presidential Complex
Aso Rock Presidential Villa
Abuja, Federal Capital Territory
Salutation: Dear Vice President

Ambassador Sylvanus Adiewere Nsofor,
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
3519 International Court, NW
Washington, DC 20008
Tel: (202) 516 4277 I Fax: (202) 775-1385
Email: [email protected]  -OR-  [email protected]
Contact Form: http://www.nigeriaembassyusa.org/index.php?page=contact-us
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

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