US to ‘provide’ $40m humanitarian aid for Boko Haram victims

The Nigerian government is expected to receive a $40 million humanitarian aid from the United States for the victims of Boko Haram in the Lake Chad region.

According to the United Nations, there are 9.2 million people across the Lake Chad Basin region in need of immediate assistance.

US ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, made the announcement of the proposed aid during a trip to the Lake Chad Basin region to determine the growing threat of Boko Haram.

Consequently, a statement was released to this effect by the US missions to Nigeria, stating that the African country will receive ‘nearly $40 million in new humanitarian assistance to support people whose lives have been affected by Boko Haram violence’.

“Approximately 7 million people are suffering displacement, deprivation, and disease from the consequences of armed conflict in Nigeria, including 2.2 million internally displaced.”

“As a result of the prolonged crisis, communities who have generously hosted IDPs have also exhausted their resources and find themselves struggling to make ends meet.”

“There are nearly 170,000 Nigerian refugees who have fled to Cameroon, Chad, and Niger – countries whose citizens have also suffered from Boko Haram attacks and consequent displacement.”

“This funding will support the work of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN World Food Program (WFP), and other international aid organizations in the region to provide essential protection and assistance to those affected.”

“This new funding brings the total U.S. humanitarian assistance for the Lake Chad Basin humanitarian response in FY 2015 and FY 2016 to more than $237 million.”

Through the funding, UNHCR will be able to “provide Nigerian refugees with essential assistance, such as access to clean water and sanitation facilities, health care, essential household items, shelter, programs which protect children, and activities to prevent and respond to gender-based violence.”

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