Boko Haram US donates $37m to assist IDPs in the North-East

The US also said the donation will go a long way to help provide the well needed relief materials like food, shelter and other nutritional needs of the people.

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The United States has announced a donation of $37m to help people who have been displaced by Boko Haram attacks in the North-Eastern part of Nigeria.

The US also said the donation will go a long way to help provide the well needed relief materials like food, shelter and other nutritional needs of the people.

A statement issued by the US government also said it will disburse the funds through its agency for international development.

Adding that “The savagery of Boko Haram has triggered a humanitarian crisis in Nigeria and surrounding countries in the Lake Chad Basin region. Families have been driven from their homes, millions are left without enough to eat, and human rights abuses are widespread. Despite gradually improving security conditions, the humanitarian situation remains dire. Throughout the region, approximately five million people need emergency food assistance, and 2.5 million people are displaced.

“The food assistance will be delivered to conflict-affected communities in the Diffa Region of Niger, including populations who fled their homes following the recent attacks in Bosso. This new food assistance will be coordinated with the humanitarian community in Nigeria to scale up the overall regional food response.”

The statement also said “With this announcement, the United States is providing more than $318m in humanitarian assistance since 2015 to the Lake Chad Basin region and continues to be the single largest humanitarian donor to the region.

“In addition to humanitarian funding, USAID provides targeted assistance that seeks to reduce extreme poverty and improve the quality of life for Nigeria’s most vulnerable communities through improved governance and civic participation at the federal, state and local levels; reduced corruption; a strengthened private sector as a source of job creation; and improved quality of social service delivery.”

The Nigerian Army has also warned that terrorist sect, Boko Haram is planning to launch attacks in some states around the country.

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