See What UN Says 2018 Will Be Like For Northern Nigeria
2018 is fast approaching and the United Nations is already seeing what northern Nigeria will be like in coming year.
The region, mostly the northeast, have seen high displacement of persons with over two million chased out of their communities and their homes in the heat of extremism by Boko Haram.
At least eight million people are now dependent on life saving aid, as the insurgency enters its eighth year in the region.
Farmers have restricted areas they must not reach to ensure they are safe and that has reduced farming activities in an agro-driven region.
Access to food has become difficult for many of them, as they now have to rely on rationing the available food.
With the condition, the United Nation sees hunger knocking on the door of reality.
The head of the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Mark Lowcock, said close to 1.7 million people have fled their homes, and with the security situation remaining fragile, many more will continue to do so.
To ease the situation, the UN intends to reach 91 million extremely vulnerable people in 26 countries in 2018 through UN-coordinated humanitarian response plans.
Nigeria is one of those countries.
According to the agency, violence, displacement and hunger will drive record humanitarian needs in 2018, with nearly 136 million people worldwide in need of aid.OCHA said protracted conflicts in Syria, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Yemen, the Rohingya exodus from Myanmar and natural disasters exacerbated by climate change are among many crises.
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It, therefore, appealed for a record $22.5 billion for humanitarian responses across the globe.
According to Head of OCHA and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, said the agency intends to reach 91 million extremely vulnerable people in 26 countries in 2018 through UN-coordinated humanitarian response plans.
He said there are 40 million people displaced within their own countries.