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CHILDREN’S charity Plan International is upping its response to the rapidly escalating food and refugee crisis in Niger.
As military intervention looms in the north of neighboring Mali, the drought and hunger-prone West African country is preparing for more refugees making the journey across the border.
More than 700 children are currently attending a Plan-supported school within the Tabareybarey refugee camp.
Run in collaboration between Plan and UNHCR, the Tabareybarey camp houses more than 9,000 refugees.
“With new military interventions on the table, Plan is actively engaged in developing contingency plans should there be an influx of new refugees seeing safe havens,” says Plan's Emergency Response Manager Mamoudou Madougou.
Plan has provided more than 4,300 vulnerable households with food vouchers while support is also being provided to nutritional rehabilitation centres in villages.
Five committees for child protection have been established in the camps. Plan is also providing psycho-social care for traumatized children.
“Our goal is to ensure that refugee families have access to basic needs including education and child protection activities,” said Mr. Madougou.
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