UN envoy shocked by levels of Borno crisis
From EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE Nations Assistant Secretary-General and Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel, Toby Lanzer, has described the situation in the terror-ridden Borno State as one of the largest and most grave crises in the world.
UN agencies and non-governmental organisations are increasing their footprint in Borno, the state worst hit by the Boko Haram crisis that has killed more than 20 000 and displaced over 2 million.
The international humanitarian agencies operating in Nigeria plan to provide aid to people in the North-East of Nigeria at a cost of US$248 million for 2016, yet is only 12 percent funded.
“We are facing one of the largest and most grave crises anywhere,” Lanzer underlined.
“Donors now need to provide aid agencies the resources to complement the state’s work to keep people alive and address the root cause of the crisis.”
To highlight the crisis, Lanzer said the suffering of some 30 000 people in Bama was “as acute as I have seen.”
Borno’s capital, Maiduguri, is a city of 1 million inhabitants and hosting a 1,6 million people displaced by Boko Haram.
Lanzer hailed the generosity of local communities hosting the refugees.
He called on donors to back development initiatives in the region concurrently with the emergency response.
Solid waste management and livelihoods are two of the most glaring needs in Maiduguri despite the strong efforts of the state authorities.
“As the rainy season approaches, a failure to manage waste will result in a public health crisis and exacerbate human suffering,” said Lanzer.
“At the same time, providing the youth vocational training is the right thing to do today, and can help prevent a deeper crisis emerging tomorrow.”
– CAJ News
Short URL: http://cajnewsafrica.com/?p=12583