UN requests $1.1 billion to assist people who are affected by an ongoing conflict in Northern Nigeria   

10 feb 2020: The United Nations released a statement on Wednesday, seeking $1.1 billion to manage“an alarming humanitarian and protection crisis” in three northeastern Nigerian states.

This decade long Islamic insurgency in the northern parts has been aggravated by herdsmen-farmer conflicts in recent years. This conflict has displaced 2.2 million people, mostly women and young girls, and an estimated 8.4 million people will require assistance this year.

“For many women, men, boys and girls, the profound impact of conflict in north-east Nigeria continues to be felt painfully,” said Matthias Schmale, the United Nations resident and humanitarian coordinator.

The money raised will go into improving their living conditions and strengthening security for 5.5 million people mostly affected by the crisis.

“Millions of people struggle to have their basic needs met, and the fluctuating food prices have further destabilized the already alarming food security situation” said Sadiya Farouq, Nigeria’s minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development.

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