The United States has announced an additional $30m as humanitarian aid for the people of the North East.
The US Embassy said in statement on Friday that the additional funding would bring the total U.S. humanitarian contribution in Nigeria to more than $298m since October 2015. The funding, according to it, is in response to dire humanitarian crisis in the North East as a result of years of brutality by Boko Haram and other militant groups. “This new funding will support the UN World Food Programme in Nigeria, which is providing critical food assistance, nutrition support, and vouchers that can be used to buy food where local markets are functional,” the statement read in part. “This assistance is also helping communities return to their agricultural livelihoods where security allows.” According to the U.S., humanitarian efforts are vital in the North East where approximately 8.5 million people require assistance, including 5.2 million people who need emergency food assistance, and more than 1.7 million people who are displaced. It restated its commitment to working with the Government of Nigeria and other donors to provide humanitarian assistance to avert famine and support vulnerable communities.