Men warm themselves by the fire at the Djalori Refugee Camp in Diffa, Niger. Photo by Jane Hahn @janehahn. 300,000 people displaced by the Boko Haram crisis are taking refuge in southern Niger, straining the already vulnerable environment of the Lake Chad basin. In the last fifty years the size of Lake Chad has shrunk by nearly 90 percent due to climate change as well as human factors. In Diffa, across from the regions largest camp, refugees cut down trees to use for fire wood which can cost up to 50 percent of a family's monthly income. Most of the displaced are farmers and fishermen who are used to a more fertile environment and are unable to yield enough from Niger's harsh environment to provide for their families. Aid agencies are unable to provide the basics for most of the displaced due to a lack of funding from international donors further worsening the crisis.
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