UN launches appeal to fund relief work in Nigeria


    United Nations, Feb 9 : With the crisis in north-east Nigeria – a region devastated by the Boko Haram insurgency – into its ninth year, United Nations agencies together with humanitarian partners have launched a $1-billion appeal to fund life-saving and emergency assistance programmes in the region.

    “The humanitarian crisis in Nigeria’s north-east, that has spilled over into the Lake Chad region, is one of the most severe in the world today,” said Edward Kallon, the Humanitarian Coordinator for the country on Thursday.

    “This crisis is a protection crisis first and foremost that has also evolved into a food security and nutrition crisis,” added the UN relief official.

    According to estimates, nearly eight million people are in need of some form of humanitarian assistance in the restive region, with the states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe the worst impacted.

    Fully funded, the 2018 Humanitarian Response Plan will reach some 6.