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Hunger Crisis: Nigeria to Get $20m in Aid – UN

by John Ojewale
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The United Nations has promised to provide Nigeria with $20 million in aid to help the nation during its current famine crisis in the northeast.

UN Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq made this statement on Tuesday. At a press conference held at UN headquarters in New York.

According to him, “With nine million dollars from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and $11 million from the Nigeria Humanitarian Fund, we will support the Government-led response efforts across Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states.

“Assistance includes ready-to-eat food, access to clean water, health care and agriculture support’’.

Nearly 700,000 children under five are predicted to experience severe acute malnutrition this year in the region, and more than 500,000 people may experience emergency levels of food insecurity during the lean season from June to August, according to humanitarian partners.

According to Haq, the emergency cash would assist in launching the effort. But the humanitarian partners still need more to stop widespread starvation and malnutrition.

He said, “The $1.3 billion humanitarian response plan for Nigeria is only 26 per cent funded’’.

According to UNICEF, 23 million Nigerians are in danger of experiencing severe food insecurity. As a result of the ongoing unrest in the northeast, particularly in the states of Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe.

cc: Punch Ng

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