Since 2021, Antony has been working as Country Director in Nigeria. “Poverty is a major problem here. The recent COVID pandemic has made these communities more vulnerable in terms of access to food security and livelihood. But even more profound is the fear that people live in due to insurgencies and attacks by Boko Haram. The population is caught between two fires here. They can't move freely because of the escalating violence and robberies. Instead of de-escalation, we see the situation only getting worse.”
Living for years in such violent and precarious conditions has made people dependent on aid. ''Often, we see that people invest in their livelihoods, but lose it all due to violent raids on their village. The Nigerian government can't help all the people affected by violence. They really depend on aid organisations such as ZOA for their survival."