"If my husband dare sell my bottle of gas, I divorce"

Niger is hit by desertification and tensions over natural resources are strong; gathering wood exposes young girls and women to risk and is also an obstacle to the education for girls and empowerment of women. Therefore, ASB is distributing gas bottles.

Fatima is preparing food with the gas.
Image: ASB Niger

This is a revolution in progress for the hosting area for malian refugees of Intikane and the hosting village of Telemces: the gas is arrived since a few days. It comes from Niger.

After malian refugee camps of Abala and Tabareybarey via the NGOs ACTED and Plan Niger, is now the turn of the very remote refugees area of ​​Intikane. This is the German NGO ASB which has just overcome this challenge together with the nigerien company SONIHY. Nearly 20,000 people, refugees and host, are concerned. All measures have been put in place for that access to gas continues after the project end.

Since 2013, it has become essential for UNHCR and its partners to support the transition from wood to gas for refugee households and hosts communities: Wood is a source of energy that costs three to four times more expensive than gas ; Niger is hit by desertification and tensions over natural resources are strong; gathering wood exposes young girls and women to risk and is also an obstacle to the education for girls and empowerment of women.

At Intikane, Fatima had to walk more than 40 minutes a day to collect wood, is clear, "If my husband dare sell my gas bottle, I divorce". The time savings for women during meal preparation is also considerable.

Similar operations are also underway in the Diffa region in the camp Sayam Forage refugees and internal displaced Kabelawa camp, waiting in the coming weeks a major operation to more than 140,000 people.

This project is funded by BPRM.

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