Appeal for more funds to address Boko Haram crisis
From OKORO CHINEDU in Lagos, Nigeria
LAGOS, (CAJ News) – THE United Nations and international blocs have called on the international donor community to increase their financial support for populations affected by violence the Boko Haram terror in the Lake Chad Basin.
The appeal comes at the end of a visit to the Lake Chad Basin countries Cameroon, Chad and Niger by Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration of the United States Department of State, Anne Richard, and European Union Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides, as well as UN Assistant Secretary-General Toby Lanzer.
Richard said her country was deeply concerned by the current situation faced by displaced and refugee people as a result of continuing violence in the Lake Chad Basin.
She said US recognised the efforts made by governments in the region which has seen 2,7 million people forced from their homes and was pleased to increase its support for UN agencies and NGOs by $27 million to a total of $112 million in the current fiscal year.
Stylianides restated its solidarity with the populations impacted by this regional crisis.
EU has decided to allocate €58 million in 2016 to support the people most in need.
This funding is part of the overall EU funding on humanitarian action in the wider Sahel region of over €200 million this year.
Lanzer was hopeful other members of the international donor community will follow the US and EU’s example.
The Sahel region continues to be affected by extreme poverty, chronic food insecurity and malnutrition, climate change, and violent extremism. In the specific case of the Lake Chad Basin, where 20 million people live, 9,2 million are in need of humanitarian aid and 5,2 million are severely food insecure.
– CAJ News
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