The federal government is to receive a $40 million humanitarian aid from the United States for the victims of Boko Haram in the Lake Chad region, says US ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power. Power made the announcement of the proposed aid during a trip to the Lake Chad Basin region to determine the growing threat of Boko Haram.
According to a United Nations (UN) report, there are 9.2 million people across the Lake Chad Basin region in need of immediate assistance. Approximately 7 million people are suffering displacement, deprivation, and disease from the consequences of armed conflict in Nigeria, including 2.2 million internally displaced.
Following Power’s revelation, a statement was released by the US missions to Nigeria, stating that the African country will receive ‘nearly $40 million in new humanitarian assistance to support people whose lives have been affected by Boko Haram violence’.
This new funding brings the total U.S. humanitarian assistance for the Lake Chad Basin humanitarian response in FY 2015 and FY 2016 to more than $237 million
According to the statement, there are nearly 170,000 Nigerian refugees who have fled to Cameroon, Chad, and Niger; countries whose citizens have also suffered from Boko Haram attacks and consequent displacement. So it is expected that funding will support the work of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN World Food Program (WFP), and other international aid organizations in the region to provide essential protection and assistance to those affected.
It is also expected that through the funding, UNHCR will be able to provide Nigerian refugees with essential assistance, such as access to clean water and sanitation facilities, health care, essential household items, shelter, programs which protect children, and activities to prevent and respond to gender-based violence.
Power was in the capital of Cameroon, met President Paul Biya and attended a ceremony to burn 2,000 tusks in a bid to end elephant poaching. The trip includes visits to Chad and Nigeria.