UN Begs Countries For Financial Assistance to Address Humanitarian Crisis in Northeast Nigeria

The United Nations has called for urgent assistance from across the world to meet the growing humanitarian crisis in Nigeria’s troubled North-east.

The UN had complained that the food insecurity in the crisis-prone region has grown worse, jumping with 10 percent from what it was last October.‎

A press release on Saturday revealed that The United Nations and its partners have only been able to garner 32.6 percent of the needed fund for the crisis North-east.

The world body had appealed for $848 million to be able to provide urgent, life-saving assistance to 6.2 million people in 2019.

In the press release, the UN lamented that: “Six months into the year, and thanks to the generosity of donors, the response plan is 32.6 per cent funded. More funding is urgently needed to sustain the humanitarian response.”

Senior officials from United Nations humanitarian agencies and NGOs had paid a five-day visit to the Northeast to assess the humanitarian situation in the troubled region.

The group after their visit had stressed that the humanitarian crisis in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States in Nigeria’s north-east needs renewed support to face the recent upsurge in violence and growing humanitarian needs.

The group who paud visits to Damboa, Dikwa, and Rann, all in Borno State had met with the Ministry of Budget and National Planning, the Executive Governor of Borno State, as well as a wide range of UN agencies, humanitarian NGOs and partners in Maiduguri.

While in Borno, they paid visit to several camps for internally displaced persons in Maiduguri and some of the towns most affected by the crisis in Borno State:

One of the men on the team, Mr. Vincent Houver, from the International Organization of Migration, said:  “The crisis in the Lake Chad Region is far from over. The humanitarian community cannot spare any effort at this time,”  adding that: “This week we have met with women, children, and men who have been forced to flee multiple times and urgently need protection and assistance to survive and rebuild their lives. We cannot let them down.”

“Some of the people we met have been living in camps for internally displaced persons for several years.” explained Mr. Christian Gad, Head of Emergencies for the Danish Refugee Council. “All actors, including the Government and the private sector in Nigeria, need to join forces to help those affected by the crisis recover, in dignity, and restart their lives.”

Now in its tenth year, the conflict continues to uproot the lives of tens of thousands of civilians. In recent months, a new spike in violence and military counter-operations have affected civilians in the BAY states, particularly in Borno State. Since January, some 134,000 people have been forced from their homes. In total, 7.1 million people need life-saving humanitarian assistance across the states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe. Their livelihoods have been affected by violence, deepening chronic vulnerabilities – food insecurity, malnutrition and epidemics. Nearly 3 million people face food insecurity and malnutrition is threatening more than one million children.

“Aid agencies have significantly scaled up and reached some two million people with aid this year,” explained the Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr. Edward Kallon. “However, much more support is urgently needed. We are worried about the tens of thousands of people who have recently fled rising violence and are still sleeping outside in the open. With the rainy season progressing, they will face increased risk of diseases and need immediate protection.”

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