Updated: February 26, 2021
The United States government on Thursday announced more than $112 million in additional humanitarian assistance to help Boko Haram victims in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger.
Boko Haram and its offshoot ISIS-West Africa have been wreaking havoc around the Lake Chad Basin since 2009.
More than 25, 000 people have been killed and at least two million others remain uprooted by the violence. Nearly 11 million people need assistance to survive.
This is in addition to the thousands who have been kidnapped and remain missing till date.
“The funding in today’s announcement will provide life-saving aid to hundreds of thousands of people, including emergency food, nutrition treatment, shelter, health care, safe drinking water, services for survivors of sexual violence, and support to children separated from their families,” the U.S. Department of State said in statement.
“The United States is the largest donor for the humanitarian response in the Lake Chad region, having provided nearly $761 million since Fiscal Year 2017.
“While the United States remains committed to helping the people affected by this conflict, a comprehensive political and security solution is ultimately the only way to end their suffering and bring peace to the region. The United States calls on other donors to step up to address the basic life-saving needs of those displaced and the communities that host them,” it added.
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