UN agency provides succor at Borno IDPs camps
From OKORO CHINEDU in Lagos, Nigeria
LAGOS, (CAJ News) – THE United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is providing water and sanitary facilities to thousands of refugees displaced by the Boko Haram crisis in the Borno State.
The initiative follows the UN agency securing a grant worth €351 000 (N79,7 million) from the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO).
“Thankfully, with funding provided by the ECHO, UNICEF is providing boreholes and latrines in camps and communities hosting IDPs (internally-displaced persons) in Borno State to ameliorate the suffering of displaced persons,” the UN agency stated.
UNICEF said so far, 42 hand pumps and 140 household latrines had been provided to 20 communities in Galtimari ward in Jere Local Government Area.
“For persons affected the by the insurgency in Nigeria’s northeast living in internally displaced persons’ (IDPs) camps, or with friends and relatives in communities, lack of water and sanitation facilities can be one of the many things to worry about,” the organisation stated on Friday.
In response to the growing humanitarian consequences of the Boko Haram attacks, the European Commission is providing €21 million to help the populations in Nigeria and the neighbouring countries who are affected by the violence inflicted by the militant Islamist group.
These new funds will provide immediate support, including clean water, food, shelter, health care and protection to the displaced and the host communities in the north-east Nigeria, as well as to Nigerian refugees and returnees in the neighbouring countries.
The displaced people, estimated at more than 2 million, in Nigeria live in precarious conditions and are in need of basic services. In addition, the security situation often prevents humanitarian organisations from reaching
those in need and deliver basic supplies.
– CAJ News
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