Lagos - United Nations agencies and partners
have appealed for for about US$2 billion to provide assistance, in 2016, to
millions of people affected by the crises in the Sahel region.
Toby Lanzer, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Regional
Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel, said the combined effects of climate
change, abject poverty, fast population growth and a tormenting rise in
violence and insecurity dangerously undermined the lives, assets and future
prospects of some of the most vulnerable communities in the world.
“We need the renewed support of the international
community to ensure millions are afforded the most basic assistance and
protection they deserve to survive and live a dignified life,” Lanzer said.
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Among the biggest problems the region faces include the
Boko Haram terror that has claimed the lives of some 20 000 people and
displaced millions others.
A spike in violence has worsened the already dire
situation in the region and has led to new peaks of displacement. Today, 4,5
million people have been forced from their homes, representing a threefold
increase in less than two years.
“The world has sadly not yet woken up to the scale of the
crisis in the Lake Chad Basin. 30 million people live in areas affected by Boko
Haram’s senseless acts of terrorism," stressed Jan Egeland, the Secretary General
of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).
It is one of the organisations providing
assistance to the displaced in north-east of Nigeria.
- CAJ News