Northeast Nigeria crisis: Simple stoves boost safety of female firewood gatherers

The World Food Programme (WFP) is distributing fuel efficient stoves to families displaced by the conflict in Northeast Nigeria to reduce the protection risks faced by women and girls, when they have to collect firewood from unsafe areas

Patrick Fuller
Aug 22, 2018 · 6 min read
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The stoves use 50 percent less fuel and produce far less smoke than open fires. Photo: WFP / Patrick Fuller
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16-year-old Hassana Ali has lived in Banki for the past two years and is the sole carer for her Grandmother and four younger siblings. Photo: WFP / Patrick Fuller
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Fuel is a valuable commodity in Banki camp. Women and young girls are vulnerable to harassment and physical assault when they venture into the bush to gather firewood. Photo: WFP / Patrick Fuller
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Almost every family in the camp will benefit from the stoves which are made from a thick layer of clay encased in metal. Photo: WFP / Patrick Fuller
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Hassana sifts WFP sorghum flour to prepare porridge on her new stove for her family’s midday meal. Photo: WFP / Patrick Fuller.
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WFP Protection Officer, Lillian Ohuma displays one of the 7,000 fuel efficient stoves distributed to displaced families in Banki, Northeast Nigeria. Photo: WFP
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Hassana’s family eat a simple diet based on sorghum and pulses provided by WFP supplemented by vegetables bought from the local market. Photo: WFP / Patrick Fuller

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