Norway ups financial aid to ease Sahel crises
Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende, who has been visiting the region, disclosed his country would allocate NOK 70 million (US$8,39 million) to alleviate the crisis.
“With this significant contribution, Norway is sending a clear signal about its increased humanitarian support to the Sahel countries,” Brende said.
Among these catastrophes is the terror posed by the Nigerian militant sect, Boko Haram, whose reign of terror has claimed thousands of lives and displaced more than 2 million people.
Brende said Norway shared the international community’s concern about developments in the Sahel.
The United Nations has estimated that close to $2 billion is needed to meet humanitarian needs in the region in 2016.
So far, international donors have provided only 10 percent of this amount. “The humanitarian needs are immense, as one crisis gives way to the next. Many people are also having to live with the constant threat of violent extremism,” Brende added.
The humanitarian assistance provided by Norway will be channelled through the UN, aid organisations and the Red Cross system.
The Sahel covers Algeria, Burkina Faso, Chad, Eritrea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, South Sudan and Sudan.
– CAJ News
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