Boko Haram: US govt donates $102m to victims of insurgency in North-East

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In this photo taken on women and children queue to enter one of the Unicef nutrition clinics at the Muna makeshift camp which houses more than 16,000 IDPs (internaly displaced people) on the outskirts of Maiduguri, Borno State, northeastern Nigeria. Aid agencies have long warned about the risk of food shortages in northeast Nigeria because of the conflict, which has killed at least 20,000 since 2009 and left more than 2.6 million homeless. In July, the United Nations said nearly 250,000 children under five could suffer from severe acute malnutrition this year in Borno state alone and one in five -- some 50,000 -- could die. / AFP PHOTO / STEFAN HEUNIS

The United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington on Thursday announced an additional $102 million in humanitarian assistance to address the shelter, health and food security needs of populations in the Lake Chad region and those still struggling with the effects of the Boko Haram insurgency in North-East.

A statement from the US mission Information Office in Abuja, stated that the funds for Nigeria represent the vast majority of the U.S. government’s new $112 million infusion for the Lake Chad region.

Speaking at the ongoing National Conversation on the Humanitarian-Development-Peace Nexus, Mr Symington disclosed that the assistance would be administered primarily through the U.S. Agency for International Development’s  offices of Food for Peace  and Foreign Disaster Assistance as well as the U.S. State Department’s Bureau for Population, Refugees, and Migration.

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“Our hope is that this new investment in humanitarian assistance will combine with the efforts of your government and people to move Nigeria forward on a path to peace and prosperity,” Mr Symington stated.

He added, “The funding in today’s announcement will provide life-saving aid to hundreds of thousands of people, including emergency food assistance, nutrition treatment, shelter, health services, safe drinking water, services for survivors of sexual violence, and support to children who have been separated from their families.”

DAILY NIGERIAN reports that as of May 2018, an estimated 2.3 million people in the northeast experienced extreme food insecurity, largely due to widespread insecurity, protracted displacement, depleted assets, and the interruption of agricultural production throughout the region.

Overall, an estimated 7.7 million people in the northeast require urgent humanitarian assistance.

The United States is the largest donor for the humanitarian response in the Lake Chad Basin Region, providing nearly $761 million since 2017.