The United States global reach to assist poor and developing countries suffering from conflict and severe food insecurity continues unabated with the announcement of $92M to help people affected by the ongoing conflict and severe food insecurity in Nigeria and throughout the Lake Chad Basin region.
As Nigeria continues to suffer from the barbaric onslaught of Boko Haram violence the United States on Monday, December 12, 2016 United States announced $92M to help communities suffering from the conflict.
“With this announcement, the United States is providing more than $291 million in humanitarian assistance since the 2016 fiscal year to people affected by the Boko Haram-related conflict and the related humanitarian crisis. The United States continues to be the single largest humanitarian donor to the region.
“This new funding to United Nations and NGO partners will help tens of thousands of people receive critically needed humanitarian assistance, including food, water, shelter, and services to address acute hygiene, protection, and nutritional needs,” USAID states.
In Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad, the conflict has left more than 6.4 million people in need emergency food assistance and displaced 2.6 million people. The United Nations estimates an additional $1 billion is needed to meet the humanitarian needs of people in 2017. The United States calls on other donors to contribute additional humanitarian assistance for the millions of people in the region whose lives have been affected by Boko Haram violence.
According to Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), an International Independent Medical organization,’the Lake Chad basin has in recent years become an important epicentre of violence, its population suffering intensified attacks by the Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP), also known as Boko Haram. At the end of 2014, ISWAP’s violence expanded from northeast Nigeria to Cameroon, Chad and Niger. Multiple suicide bombings and raids targeting civilians in villages and in cities around the Lake Chad basin have caused widespread trauma.’
In response, the international community established a Multinational Joint Task Force involving Niger, Chad, Cameroon, Benin and Nigeria focusing exclusively on a security approach with a military containment strategy. The armed confrontation takes on a regional dynamic with direct consequences for civilian populations, including forced displacement and indiscriminate violence perpetrated by all armed belligerents. (MSF report: Lake Chad: Crisis Info – July 2016).