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Insurgency renders millions hapless in 3 states

25 March 2014, 19:28

Abuja - More than 3 million people are faced with humanitarian challenges arising from insurgency in Adamwa, Borno and Yobe States.

This is according to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Director of Administration, Dr Zanna Muhamma.

Speaking in Abuja at the seventh National Humanitarian Coordination Forum, Muhamma said the insurgency has also resulted in many deaths and displaced about 250  000 that are now in various camps or  living with relations and other places presumed to be safe havens.

He said the statistics were for the period between January and March 2014.

According to Muhamma, Borno State has the highest figure of 1, 3 million people, followed by Adamawa with 1 million and Yobe 770 000 affected, mostly women, children and the aged.

The official said NEMA had been intervening with the provision of relief materials to the affected persons, but "the needs of the affected population are increasing by the day and the support of all was urgently required.

Muhamma said all humanitarian organizations with the intention of supporting the plights of the affected persons should liaise with NEMA as the coordinating agency to properly identify the gaps and avoid unnecessary duplication of efforts.

“To have the support of all in this regards, it is important for local and international humanitarian actors to know the scale of the problem at hand, the efforts being made by the relevant authorities and the existing gap for further support,” Muhamma said.

Adamawa, Borno and Yobe are the worst-affected by the terror that is largely blamed on the illegal Boko Haram sect.

– CAJ News


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