Friday, 28 April 2017

Boko Haram: US announces additional $30m humanitarian assistance for Nigeria

United States (US) has announced an additional $30 million support to the people of northeast Nigeria to address the humanitarian crisis.

The region has been badly impacted by the activities of the Boko Haram and other militant groups.

The additional funding brings the total U.S. humanitarian contribution in Nigeria to more than $298 million since October 2015.

According to a statement issued by the US embassy in Abuja, “This new funding will support the UN World Food Program in Nigeria, which is providing critical food assistance, nutrition support, and vouchers that can be used to buy food where local markets are functional. This assistance is also helping communities return to their agricultural livelihoods where security allows.

“Humanitarian efforts are vital in northeast Nigeria, where approximately 8.5 million people require assistance, including 5.2 million people who need emergency food assistance, and more than 1.7 million people who are displaced.

“Since October 2015, the United States has been the largest donor for the humanitarian response in the Lake Chad Basin region, providing more than $452 million for people affected by the ongoing crisis. The U.S. remains committed to working with the Government of Nigeria and other donors to provide humanitarian assistance to avert famine and support vulnerable communities.”

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