Adelani Adepegba, Abuja
The European Commission said it would mobilize a total of €105 million in humanitarian support to populations displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency in the Lake Chad region in 2017.
The Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides made the announcement on Friday during an international conference in Oslo, Norway aimed at addressing the pressing humanitarian situation in the region.
“With the crisis in the Lake Chad region growing at an extremely alarming rate, the EU is stepping up its response. Today I announced the EU’s allocation of €105 million in humanitarian aid for the crisis. These funds will help meet the life-saving needs of the affected populations and scale up our response. The conditions for delivering assistance remain particularly difficult. It is essential to ensure quick and safe access to people who need lifesaving assistance,” Stylianides stated.
The funding was expected to help meet the increasing humanitarian needs, notably in the areas of food, nutrition, water and sanitation, health and protection.
The European Union has been one of the largest aid donors to the crisis in region and has provided €177 million since January last year and a further €159 million in development assistance from the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa to support 15 projects.
The EU said the €105 million consists of an initial allocation of €55 million for 2017 and a further amount of €50 million now proposed of humanitarian support to populations in the Lake Chad region.
It noted that the conflict between security forces and Boko Haram is having devastating humanitarian consequences in the Lake Chad basin, stressing that the crisis is heavily affecting populations in Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon.
Over 2.3 million people have been displaced within or out of their country, the commission stated, pointing out that food insecurity has reached crisis levels in some parts of the region, and malnutrition rates are well beyond emergency levels.
“Only in Nigeria’s Northeast some 4.6 million people are in need of emergency food assistance and access to basic services is severely limited and the risk of epidemics due to the lack of water, sanitation, shelter and health services also remains extremely high,” the EU said.
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