Boko Haram: EU provides additional €12.5m aid for IDPs

The European Commission has said it would give an additional €12.5m as humanitarian aid to support Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Nigeria, Niger and Cameroon as a result of Boko Haram activities.

The EC in a statement on Friday in Abuja, said the additional aid became necessary as activities of the terrorist group has severely caused the displacement of millions of people.

The commission noted that €9m will be provided to support people in Nigeria, €2m in Cameroon and €1.5m in Niger.

“When travelling to the region last month, I witnessed the plight of people in the Lake Chad Basin. Millions have been displaced and the number of those struggling to find food is increasingly alarming. The situation in Nigeria is especially dramatic,” said the Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides.

The EU had previously allocated €58m to the Lake Chad Basin crisis, bringing overall EU humanitarian aid to over €70m for the region in 2016.

The union said its total humanitarian aid to populations in the Lake Chad basin and in the Sahel in 2016 is €216.2m.

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