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Funds secured but not enough to address crisis

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LAGOS, (CAJ News) – MORE financial support has been sought to cushion millions of people affected by the Boko Haram crisis in the Lake Chad Basin.

The European Union and United States have donated significantly to ease the challenges such as starvation, but there is concern the funds fall short of the required amounts.

The US has donated a total of $112 million (R1,6 billion) in the current fiscal year while EU has decided to allocate €58 million (R919, 69 million) in 2016 to support the people most in need. The money is part of the overall EU funding on humanitarian action in the wider Sahel region of over €200 million this year.

The United Nations Assistant Secretary-General Toby Lanzer, said while the UN was grateful, the funds were insufficient to address the crisis.

Lanzer is nonetheless hopeful other members of the international donor community will follow the US and EU’s example.

The Sahel region continues to be affected by extreme poverty, chronic food insecurity and malnutrition, climate change, and violent extremism.

In the specific case of the Lake Chad Basin, where 20 million people live, 9,2 million are in need of humanitarian aid and 5,2 million are severely food insecure.

The Islamic militant sect, Boko Haram, which has killed over 20 000 people in the region, is blamed for the crisis.

– CAJ News

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