United Nations launches $174m appeal fund – The United Nations has launched an urgent funding appeal of USD 175 million for thousands of Nigerians who have fled from their homes because of the Boko Haram terrorist group.
Less than Twenty-three United Nations agencies and Non Governmental Organizations are involved in the appeal to combine USD 174.4 million for almost 200,000 Nigerians displaced by Takfiri militants’ violence to provide their basic needs such as shelter, food, education and sanitation for them.
“Displaced people in northeastern Nigeria and across borders are in a very dramatic situation. They continue to fear for their lives, and are at this point unable to return to their homes,” said Liz Ahua, West Africa representative for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Thursday.
We need more financial support to continue to help the refugees and to plan for increased aid in case of more people fleeing for safety outside Nigeria, the UN official added.
According to the UNHCR, some 192,000 people have fled over Nigeria’s borders into Cameroon, Chad and Niger due to Boko Haram’s acts of violence, with the UN body estimating that the number could rise to 240,000 by the end of the year.
In addition to the refugees, the UN says, more than 1.1 million people have also been displaced within northeast Nigeria.
More than 15,000 people have been killed and over a million made homeless as a result of Boko Haram violence since 2009. Countless children, women and men have been also abducted, abused and forcibly recruited.