United Nations Gives Nigeria N5.6 Billion

The United Nations (UN) Central Emergency Fund has released 28 million dollars (about N5.6 billion) to support victims of the violence in the northeast zone of Nigeria.

Women in northern Nigeria widowed by the Boko Haram insurgency.

The UN Humanitarian chief, Valerie Amos, said that the fund was meant to become a “life-saving relief” for people suffering from violence in the northeast part of the country.

According to the statement, more than 1.2 million Nigerians have been forced to flee from their homes as a result of Boko Haram-related violence.

More than 2,000 people wounded in armed violence in northern Nigeria and in the capital Abuja have received emergency care from first-aid providers trained by the ICRC (International Committee Of the Red  Cross) and the Nigerian Red Cross Society (NRCS).

“More and more displaced people are seeking refuge in neighboring villages, states and countries, often taken in by host communities,” said Zoran Jovanovic, the head of the International Committee of the ICRC delegation in Nigeria.

The increased violence and bomb attacks in Jos, Kano and Abuja have put a strain on hospitals, some of which needed additional supplies to treat the sudden influx of mass casualties.

“All parties involved in the violence must spare civilian life and property,”  Jovanovic added.

Reaching people affected by the Boko Haram conflict  in the northeast of the country remains a complex task.

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