Lagos – The United Nations World Food Programme
(WFP) is scaling up to assist 430 000 people in Northeast Nigeria where the
Boko Haram violence has led to one of the most acute humanitarian crises in the
WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin, said as areas become
more accessible and they collectively developed a more refined understanding of
what people need, WFP was working with the Government and other agencies such
as United Nations Children’s Fund to urgently reach the most vulnerable.
“We are working in a highly complex environment. It is a
race against time as the lean and rainy season is upon us. We know that unless
we act fast, and we act now, hunger will only deepen in the months to come,”
she added at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey.
Some 2,5 million people face hunger in northeastern Nigeria.
More than 800 000 people are in urgent need of food assistance in Borno
and Yobe States.
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WFP will give food or cash-based assistance to 431 000
people, including specialized nutritious food to 64 000 children under the age
of two at risk of malnutrition in Borno and Yobe, which are the states
worst-affected by violence.
A WFP-managed UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) flies
humanitarian workers to and across northeastern Nigeria.
Since August 2015, UNHAS transported some 4 400 passengers
from 54 humanitarian organizations, and about 20 metric tons of humanitarian
WFP has supported national and state emergency agencies and
humanitarian partners to help people displaced by the conflict with Boko Haram
in Nigeria since May 2015, and is increasing its assistance at the request of
the Government in response to the growing needs.
WFP requires US$21 million for its operations in the Northeast
in 2016. To date, US$3,7 million has been given by Canada, the European Union,
United Kingdom and United States.
- CAJ News