Zakat Foundation in Nigeria
A former British colony until 1960, Nigeria was mostly ruled by succession of military regimes until a new constitution was adopted in 1999, and a peaceful transition to civilian government was completed. The country remains overly reliant on a petroleum-based economy, much of whose revenues are dissipated through corruption and mismanagement. Despite its status as Africa’s largest economy and increasing diversification of its economic activity, over 60% of the Nigerian population lives in poverty or relies on rural subsistence farming. In addition, Nigeria continues to experience longstanding ethnic and religious tensions, and is affected by instability in the surrounding countries.
Zakat Foundation of America was on the ground assisting Nigerian refugees as they fled into Chad to escape conflict in the northeast part of the country in early 2015.
Sources: UN Stats | World Bank | Pew Research Center