Although security has improved in the Diffa region, hundreds of thousands are now living as refugees or displaced persons on the Niger side of the border. Photos were taken by VOA's Nicolas Pinault.
Children run after VOA's car in Assaga camp, Niger, March 3, 2016. (N. Pinault/VOA)
Children clean chalkboards in a classroom at the Ngourtoua camp, Diffa, Niger, March 1, 2016. (N. Pinault/VOA)
Clothes are hung out to dry at the Assaga camp, Diffa, Niger, Feb. 29, 2016. (N. Pinault/VOA)
El Hadj Tahirou, the Nigerian tailor of the Assaga camp, in Diffa, Niger, Feb. 29, 2016. (N. Pinault/VOA)