JUST IN: $1bn Needed For Humanitarian Crises In North-East – UN

United Nations Office for the Coordinator of Humanitarian Affairs, UN OCHA, has disclosed that about N381 billion is required to address humanitarian crises in the North_east of Nigeria, in the year 2021.

 

UN OCHA said, the $1 billion, will be used to address the humanitarian crises of 6.4 million victims of insurgency in the ravaged North-East part of Nigeria, which has been under attack by Boko-Haram and ISWAP terrorist groups, since 2009.

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In a statement made available to newsmen, on Tuesday, the UN Office for the Coordinator of Humanitarian Crises, said, ” the ongoing conflict continues to be the main driver of humanitarian needs in northeast Nigeria, where millions of people have been displaced.

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“Longstanding insecurity and violence, compounded by climate change, and the impact of Covid-19 are increasing the vulnerability of close to nine million people. Close to two million people are internally displaced, while millions of people depend on humanitarian partners for basic services, and up to 5.1 million people are facing hunger in the lean season – the worst outlook in four years.”

 

According to United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, who signed the statement.

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“Last year was a challenging year for vulnerable people in north-east Nigeria. It was a year marked by a new reality, the COVID-19 pandemic. The socio-economic impact of the pandemic has already diminished the resilience of millions of people, increasing the fragility of those who were already extremely vulnerable.”

 

Giving a disclosure on the need for the $1 billion, Edward Kallon, said, “The main thrust of the operation in 2021 will continue to be providing lifesaving and life-sustaining support to people who are displaced, host communities, and others that are affected by the humanitarian crisis.

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“This includes improving the living conditions in camps through decongestion and enhancing the quality of services. We will continue to prioritize prevention, development where feasible and humanitarian assistance where needed. A durable framework to find solution to the crisis in north east Nigeria must promote and implement the humanitarian, development and peace nexus.



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