The work of the ICRC is based on the Geneva Conventions of 1949, their Additional Protocols, its Statutes – and those of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement – and the resolutions of the International Conferences of the Red Cross and Red Crescent. The ICRC is an independent, neutral organization ensuring humanitarian protection and assistance for victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence. It takes action in response to emergencies and at the same time promotes respect for international humanitarian law and its implementation in national law.

In Nigeria, the ICRC helps people affected by armed conflict and violence, particularly in the north-east, the Middle Belt and the Niger Delta states. We promote IHL and other rules that protect people during armed violence and we support the emergency-response work of the Nigerian Red Cross.

The ICRC responds quickly and efficiently to help people affected by armed conflict. We also respond to disasters in conflict zones, because the effects of a disaster are compounded if a country is already at war. Emergencies are unpredictable, so our rapid deployment capability is hugely important.

Addressing sexual violence

Building respect for the law

Cooperating with National Societies

Economic security

Enabling people with disabilities

Forensic science and humanitarian action


Health care in danger

Helping detainees

Humanitarian diplomacy


Mine action

Protecting civilians

Restoring family links

Water and habitat

Working with the corporate sector

Hundreds of thousands received food and assistance in 2016

In 2016, the ICRC continued to significantly scale up its humanitarian response in North East Nigeria. We provided food and essential household items to the people most in need of assistance. Our teams also restored contact between members of families separated by armed violence.

More than 25,000 people in Rann received food during a three-day distribution by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

The recipients received rice, beans, oil, salt and Corn Soya Blend in quantities that should last for five weeks. The distribution was carried out by the ICRC and community volunteers.

ICRC surgical teams caring for wounded after air strikes

Three days after air strikes at a settlement for internally displaced people at Rann in Nigeria, two surgical teams from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) with the help of one Nigerian surgeon continue to care for those wounded in the blasts.