B/Haram: Conference Seeks $1.5b For N/East

Major international donor gathers today in Oslo for conference to generate an estimated $1.5b to tackle humanitarian crisis caused by Boko Haram terrorists in the Lake Chad Basin

UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien , who disclosed this, regretted that millions in the Lake Chad basin were suffering “at no fault of their own” and, therefore, need world’s support at the summit at the Norwegian capital.

The Oslo Humanitarian Conference on Nigeria and the Lake Chad Region, will be hosted by Norway, together with Nigeria, Germany and the UN.

He said: “The appeal, amounting 1.5 billion dollars will fund relief operations in the region, including, inter alia, providing life-saving food and nutrition support to 1.6 million people, livelihood support to 1.4 million and primary health care for 4.4 million.

“It will also provide measles vaccinations for over one million children, education support for almost 300,000 girls and boys and safe water, improved sanitation and hygiene for 2.3 million displaced families and their host communities.

“Of the total population in need (10.7 million), about 8.5 million are in north-eastern Nigeria which has seen years of violence as a result of Boko Haram militancy,” O’Brien said.