The Australian Government says it has allocated $3m to help fight hunger and the humanitarian crisis in Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad caused by the Boko Haram insurgency.
A statement by the Australian High Commission on Monday in Abuja said that it had dedicated additional $2.4m to existing projects to combat malnutrition in Niger and that its total global contribution to the World Food Programme for 2015-2016 was $43.3m.
It added that Australia’s contribution to the WFP is being used in all four countries to assist up to 400,000 of the region’s refugees, Internally Displaced Persons and the communities hosting them to gain access to life-saving food assistance.
The statement added:
Special attention is being paid to children under five, pregnant women and nursing mothers faced with malnutrition.
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Meanwhile, the Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency (ASEMA) said on Sunday that about 90 per cent of Internally Displaced Persons in the various camps in the state had returned home following recapturing of the areas and a return of normalcy to these areas.
This was disclosed by ASEMA Secretary Mr. Haruna Furo, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yola. Furo said the affected persons were from seven local government areas of the state.
In April 2015, Internal Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC) had estimated that about 1,538,982 people who were forced to flee their homes in Nigeria were still living in internal displacement.
This figure includes people displaced as a result of brutal attacks by the Islamist group Boko Haram in north-eastern Nigeria, the government-led counterinsurgency operations against the group, ongoing inter-communal clashes and natural hazard-induced disasters.
Nigeria is also reported to have the highest number of 3.3 million persons displaced by conflict in Africa. According to an IDMC report, there are 3.3 million IDPs in Nigeria and 470,500 individuals were displaced in 2013 alone. On a global scale, Nigeria is only ranked behind Syria with 6.5 million IDPs and Colombia with 5.7 million IDPs.