US to send USD 112 million to people in Nigeria affected by Boko Haram

The United States of America announced Thursday that it will send more than USD 112 million in humanitarian assistance to help people in Nigeria and surrounding countries in the Lake Chad region affected by Boko Haram and other terrorist groups.

“Nearly a decade of conflict perpetuated by Boko Haram and its offshoot IS-West Africa has triggered a humanitarian crisis in the region,” said a State Department memo. “More than two million people remain uprooted by the violence, and nearly 11 million people need assistance to survive.” The aid announced will provide for thousands of people and include food, nutrition treatment, shelter, heathcare, water, and services for survivors of sexual violence.

“The United States is the largest donor for the humanitarian response in the Lake Chad region, having provided nearly USD 761 million since Fiscal Year 2017,” it said.

The memo called for a “comprehensive political and security solution” and for other donors to “step up to address the basic life-saving needs of those displaced.

Source: Kuwait News Agency