Millions donated for victims of Boko Haram
The United States, Belgium, Britain and Italy are among the major donors to the humanitarian crises caused by the Boko Haram Islamic Jihadists according to reports from the UN General assembly.
Describing the Boko Haram Jihadists insurgency as “one of the worst crises in today’s world”, the UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, said this crisis should not be forgotten.
International donors pledged over $163 million to assist victims of the crises in the region.
“If we do not act fast, and do more, especially in areas that were previously inaccessible, thousands of people will die,” declared Toby Lanzer , the assistant Secretary-General and humanitarian coordinator for the Sahel.
President Muhammed Buhari, at the sidelines of the assembly, pleaded for assistance from the international community saying, “We are renewing the call for re-dedicated international action to end the humanitarian needs of victims and address the root causes of terrorism itself,” He added,“The Government of Nigeria is not overwhelmed by the enormity of this humanitarian challenge. Rather, we remain resolute in defeating terrorism in all its forms.”
The Islamist insurgencies have devastated communities in four countries; Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger, displacing over 14 million people with over nine million in desperate vulnerable conditions. Diseases and malnutrition have topped the needs of the refugees.