Abuja - The European Commission has allocated an additional Euro 1,5 million in humanitarian aid funding to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) to address malnutrition, worsened by the Boko Haram insurgency, in Chad.
This is in response to the increase in the number of cases of children suffering from under-nutrition in these regions.
UNICEF said the deterioration of the situation is caused by a poor rainfall during the rainy season weakening the harvest and the de facto closure of the border with Nigeria due to Boko Haram-linked violence.
Both have been a heavy blow to the livelihoods in Western Chad, with three regions- Lac, Kanem and Bar El Ghazal-worst affected.
“Given the impact of both the seasonal and conflict related issues, there is now a need for the humanitarian community to accelerate their response with emergency food and nutrition assistance,” stated Philippe Barragne-Bigot, UNICEF Representative in Chad.
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The official said the European Commission's contribution, via its Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO), would once again ensure Chadian children suffering from under-nutrition could be assisted.
Olivier Brouant, Head of the ECHO Office in Chad, said food insecurity in Western Chad had increased at an alarming rate while the violence alongside the border between Nigeria and Chad caused new population displacements with dire humanitarian consequences.
“The additional funding will allow UNICEF to continue to tackle the nutrition challenges, by maintaining and improving the response of interventions in the three most affected regions in this area,” said Brouant.
The Commission has assisted Chad with humanitarian aid since 1994,in the aftermath of the Darfur refugee crisis.
Over the past decade, the Commission has committed more than €341 million for humanitarian programmes in the country. Since 2014, it has made available more than €89,5 million for multi-sectorial assistance to people affected by the crises.
- CAJ News