From NGALA KILLIAN CHIMTOM in Yaoundé, Cameroon
YAOUNDE, (CAJ News) – THE United States has pledged nearly $27 million (R386,8 million) in new humanitarian assistance to support those affected by Boko Haram violence across the Lake Chad Basin region.
Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM), Anne Richard, made the announcement in Cameroon where she is on a tour to assess the impact of the crisis on local communities.
Approximately 9,2 million people are suffering forced displacement, deprivation, and disease across the Lake Chad Basin region.
Nearly five million are classified as food insecure.
There are already 155 000 refugees and 2,6 million internally displaced persons.
According to the UN, the number of displaced people has tripled over the last two years. Recent humanitarian assessments have found possible famine conditions in parts of Nigeria, requiring immediate aid to prevent further deterioration and death.
The funding announced by the US envoy will bolster efforts by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees to provide Nigerian refugees with essential assistance, such as access to clean water and sanitation facilities, health care, essential household items and shelter.
Insufficient funding has impacted on the provision of these resulting in the deaths of minors from malnutrition.
This new funding brings the total US government humanitarian assistance for the Lake Chad Basin humanitarian response to nearly $281 million.
– CAJ News