US funding timely as Boko Haram crisis worsens

Boko Haram displaced persons

Boko Haram displaced persons

OKORO CHINEDU 
LAGOS, (CAJ News) – THE $37 million additional humanitarian assistance the  United States has allocated to Nigeria is much-needed intervention as millions suffer the brutality of the Boko Haram sect.

The funds were announced on Wednesday as the crisis raged, with families  driven from their homes and millions left without enough to eat, and human  rights abuses widespread.

Senior United States Agency for International Development  officials—Nigeria Mission Director Michael Harvey, US Office of Foreign
Disaster Assistance Director Jeremy Konyndyk and Office of Food for Peace  Deputy Director Matt Nims—made the announcement following a trip to the country’s northeast.

The humanitarian needs are the most acute in that area.

The conflict has resulted in severe food insecurity in Nigeria and  throughout the Lake Chad Basin.

Despite gradually improving security conditions, the humanitarian situation remains dire.

Throughout the region, approximately 5 million people need emergency food assistance, and 2,5 million people are displaced.

This new funding to United Nations and nongovernmental partners will help tens of thousands of people receive critically needed humanitarian
assistance, including food, water, shelter, and services to address acute hygiene, protection and nutritional needs.

The food assistance will be delivered to conflict-affected communities in  the Diffa Region of Niger, including populations who fled their homes  following the recent attacks in Bosso.

With this announcement, the United States is providing more than $318  million in humanitarian assistance since 2015 to the Lake Chad Basin  region and continues to be the single largest humanitarian donor to the  region.

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