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UN seeks $1 billion for northern Nigeria crisis

02 December 2016, 20:33

Abuja - The Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is appealing for more than US$1 billion (N315 billion) to address the needs of refugees in Nigeria.

Some 75 partners are ready to respond to those needs where areas area accessible in the Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States.

Millions are refugees in the northeast owing to the Boko Haram terror group.

“The narrative on this humanitarian crisis can no longer be ignored and we are appealing to the international community to help us prevent the deaths of thousands of innocent civilians over the coming 12 months,” said Peter Lundberg, Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator.

He described the Boko Haram terror as the largest crisis on the African continent.

Also read: Shettima accuses UN, NGOs of misusing aid money

More than 20 000 civilians have been killed and millions displaced.

“I am confident that with the support of the international community and the private sector, we can begin to bring hope to the people of the north-east,” said Lundberg.

OCHA’s Humanitarian Response Plan will address the needs of almost 7 million people, in dire need of nutrition, food, shelter, health, education, protection and the water and sanitation.

A projected 5,1 million people will face serious food shortages.

The conflict and risk of unexploded improvised devices prevented farmers planting for a third year in a row. 

 

 

 

- CAJ News

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