UK Minister in Nigeria to express solidarity
From OKORO CHINEDU in Lagos, Nigeria
LAGOS, (CAJ News) – THE British Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Baroness Joyce Anelay, is Nigeria to highlight her country’s commitment to protecting civilians in the fight against Boko Haram as well as preventing sexual violence in conflict.
Anelay, who is also Prime Minister David Cameron’ Special Representative for Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict (PSVI), is visiting Nigeria to hold high level discussions with government officials on how to better ensure the protection of civilians in the fight against Boko Haram.
She will also meet a range of civil society activists and non governmental organisations (NGOs) to discuss the importance of protecting civilians in the fight against the insurgents and preventing sexual violence during the conflict in the Northeast.
Her officer said the minister would discuss additional humanitarian support that the United Kingdom is providing in helping those affected by the fight against Boko Haram.
This includes £6,7 million to enable the Government of Nigeria, as well as NGOs, UN agencies and the Red Cross, to deliver food assistance, education, sanitation and safe water, shelter material and other basic necessities.
The Minister will meet the Bring Back Our Girls Campaign group and reiterate the importance of preventing gender based violence in conflict.
She will also visit UK-sponsored projects that work to reduce intra-community conflict and violence against women and girls, promote community-government security dialogue and improve access to schooling.
It is estimated over 2,2 million people have been displaced and over 14,8 million affected by the Boko Haram insurgency.
– CAJ News
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