Nigeria's North Central and North West Zones are afflicted with a multidimensional crisis that is rooted in long-standing tensions between ethnic and religious groups and involves attacks by criminal groups and banditry/hirabah (such as kidnapping and grand larceny along major highways). The crisis has accelerated during the past years because of the intensification of attacks and has resulted in widespread displacement across the region.
Between 12 and 18 July 2021, armed clashes between herdsmen and farmers; and bandits and local communities as well as windstorms have led to new waves of population displacement. Following these events, rapid assessments were conducted by DTM (Displacement Tracking Matrix) field staff with the purpose of informing the humanitarian community and government partners, and enable targeted response. Flash reports utilise direct observation and a broad network of key informants to gather representative data and collect information on the number, profile and immediate needs of affected populations.
The latest incidents affected 7,787 individuals including 155 injuries and 259 fatalities in Baure and Batagarawa LGAs of Katsina state, Tsafe and Shinkafi LGAs of Zamfara State and Zango Kataf LGA of Kaduna state. The attacks caused people to flee to neighbouring localities.