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Corps expands to terror-ravaged south Borno

19 October 2016, 19:00

Lagos - More than 15 000 families in terror-prone northeast Nigeria are set to benefit from the expansion by global organisation, Mercy Corps, into the region.

Communities within Damboa and other locations in south Borno previously occupied by Boko Haram will be covered.

They were inaccessible previously following an invasion by the terror group.

“As we’ve had better access to these areas, the level and urgency of the need we see is horrifying and demands immediate action,” says Iveta Ouvry, Mercy Corps Country Director in Nigeria.

“We are working as quickly as possible to expand our ongoing delivery of food vouchers, financial assistance and water, sanitation and hygiene support.”

Many people in these communities survive by selling foraged firewood, begging or labouring for less than the equivalent of $1 per day.

It is reported 97 percent of people interviewed reported they could not afford to buy food in the previous four weeks.

Also read: PHOTOS: Serving corps member drowns in Port Harcourt

At least 80 percent of shelters in these areas were damaged during the recent conflict. Because of continued insecurity, farmers cannot reach the land where they cultivate food to eat and sell.

One of the few organisations in south Borno, Mercy Corps has been delivering financial and food assistance as well as repairing water points and latrines in the areas of Biu, Kwaya Kusar and Hawul.

The organisation also provides protection for vulnerable civilians, particularly women and children, and mobilizes and trains community members to recognise and respond to gender-based violence.

“This is not a crisis that will be solved with one silver-bullet solution,” says Ouvry.

“Both international donors and governments in the region need to respond quickly with short and long-term solutions.”

Beyond meeting urgent humanitarian needs, Mercy Corp’s work in Nigeria includes mitigating conflicts, building social cohesion, connecting people to financial services and working to empower adolescent girls. 





- CAJ News


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