UN requires $2 million to address Sahel crises
From OKORO CHINEDU in Lagos, Nigeria
LAGOS, (CAJ News) – UNITED Nations agencies and partners have appealed for for about US$2 billion to provide assistance, in 2016, to millions of people affected by the crises in the Sahel region.
Toby Lanzer, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel, said the combined effects of climate change, abject poverty, fast population growth and a tormenting rise in violence
and insecurity dangerously undermined the lives, assets and future prospects of some of the most vulnerable communities in the world.
“We need the renewed support of the international community to ensure millions are afforded the most basic assistance and protection they deserve to survive and live a dignified life,” Lanzer said.
Among the biggest problems the region faces include the Boko Haram terror that has claimed the lives of some 20 000 people and displaced millions others.
A spike in violence has worsened the already dire situation in the region and has led to new peaks of displacement. Today, 4,5 million people have been forced from their homes, representing a threefold increase in less than two years.
“The world has sadly not yet woken up to the scale of the crisis in the Lake Chad Basin. 30 million people live in areas affected by Boko Haram’s senseless acts of terrorism,” stressed Jan Egeland, the Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).
It is one of the organisations providing assistance to the displaced in north-east of Nigeria.
– CAJ News
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