Boko Haram: $2.1b UN Money Falls On IDPs
The United Nations has continued its effort to cushion the effect of insurgency in Nigeria's northeast.
Nigeria has said it needs money to reconstruct, rebuild and rehabilitate people in the northeast tampered by over 8 years insurgency masterminded by Boko Haram.
To aid the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the region, the UN has set aside $2.1 billion. It would be given out as grants to the IDPs affected by the humanitarian crisis.
The United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, announced the grant in Abuja.
He told journalists that the UN believed the grants would help victims of the years of insurgency to recover and start their lives afresh.
Immediate Humanitarian Needs
According to him, UN officials and UNDP Administrator, Ashim Steiner, had visited locations considered as high-risk areas in Borno and the Lake Chad region.
He says "the UN remains very committed to working with the government to meet humanitarian needs”.
The $2.1 billion came from the international community and Lowcock said there was an agreement that $300 million would go into meeting immediate humanitarian needs to ensure quick recovery process among displaced persons who are returning home.
Over two million persons were displaced in the heat of the insurgency that has lasted for nearly a decade.
Schoolgirls have been abducted and schools were burnt, as Boko Haram members push for the establishment of an Islamic State in the region and an end to Western education.
One of the major humanitarian crisis in the region, according to UNICEF, is the increasing number of malnourished children and pregnant women in the region, making a demand for nutritious food for them.