Thousands of women, children and men in northeast Nigeria are in need of life-saving humanitarian assistance and the United Nations (UN) is coming to their aid.

Their peril is the aftermath of over 8 years of destructive activities masterminded by Boko Haram.

They have attacked communities, chasing people out of their homes, exposing them to hunger and other diseases.

Aid is what they need and the UN has set up a new fund tagged 'Nigeria Humanitarian Fund (NHF)', primarily to tackle the crisis-hit Northeast.

It said the fund has also allocated more than $10.5 million to help thousands of people.

“The fund plays a vital role in ensuring an effective, coordinated, prioritised and principled humanitarian response, providing funding to international and national NGOs, UN agencies, funds and programmes, and the Red Cross/Red Crescent societies, with a focus on front-line responders.

“To date the NHF has received $25 million in contributions and pledges, thanks to the generous support of Sweden, Germany, Norway, Belgium, Ireland, Norway, the Republic of Korea, Luxembourg, the Arab Gulf Program for Development, Azerbaijan, Malta and Sri Lanka.”

“Another allocation is expected in the coming months,” the UN said.

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“The humanitarian crisis in Nigeria’s northeast and the Lake Chad region is one of the most severe in the world today.

“There are 8.5 million people in need of humanitarian assistance in the three worst-affected Nigerian states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe alone.

“Of them, 6.9 million people are targeted for humanitarian assistance,” the UN said.

The statement quoted Edward Kallon, the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, as saying that the fund will address key humanitarian challenges in the northeast.

Boko Haram
Boko Haram wants to establish and Islamic state in the northeast

Kallon said: “This crisis has caused an untold loss of life and liberty across the north-east of Nigeria and civilians continue to bear the brunt of the conflict.

“These funds will go towards addressing some of the key priority areas in the humanitarian response that have not yet been financially supported, including the provision of safe drinking water, emergency shelter and health services to those in need”.

According to the world body, the $10.5 million will fund about 15 different projects which were selected by the various sectors of the humanitarian response and approved by the NHF Advisory Board.