Lagos - United States Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights, Sarah Sewall, has embarked on a tour of Nigeria and neighbouring countries to sustain the fight against Boko Haram terror.
Starting immediately, Sewall is travelling to Cameroon, Chad and Nigeria until November 3.
Her trip will focus on a range of issues related to civilian security, with an emphasis on the fight against Boko Haram, countering violent extremism more broadly and the dire humanitarian and stabilization needs in the Lake Chad Basin region.
In Nigeria, Sewall is expected to meet representatives from government, civil society and the international community to raise urgent humanitarian and stabilization challenges, along with the need for a political resolution to the ongoing crisis in the Niger Delta region.
She will also meet freed women and girls who had been captured by Boko Haram to learn about their unique challenges returning and reintegrating into society.
In addition, the Under Secretary will meet inter-faith and civil society leaders about their role in countering corruption, refuting violent ideologies and reducing religious and communal tensions.
In Cameroon and Chad, Sewall will meet government officials, humanitarian agencies and civil society groups to discuss challenges posed by Boko Haram, strategies for addressing drivers of violent extremism and the humanitarian crisis.
- CAJ News