Feature - Lake Chad Refugees
Lake Chad was once an oasis in the Sahel, the massive arid bands that separates the Sahara from the southern savanna. In the 1970s the lake began receding and then a plague sickened vital herds of livestock. By the 1990s, the lake had shrunk by 95% and inhabitants began starving.
In 2015, Boko Haram arrived and began forcing island-villages into their service. The Chadian military then forced 55,000 islanders to relocate to the inhospitable mainland and told them that relief agencies would come to provide aid. The result was a humanitarian disaster where climate change, armed conflict, disease,...