The UN and its partner organisations have made an appeal for $1 billion to fund a life-saving and emergency assistance programmes in north-east Nigeria that has been under crisis for nine years.
There are estimated nearly eight million people in need of humanitarian assistance and the states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe are the worst impacted.
“The humanitarian crisis in Nigeria’s north-east, that has spilt over into the Lake Chad region, is one of the most severe in the world today,” said Edward Kallon, the Humanitarian Coordinator for the country.
“This crisis is a protection crisis first and foremost that has also evolved into a food security and nutrition crisis,” he added.
The assistance, under the 2018 Humanitarian Response Plan, is to reach some 6.1 million most vulnerable, who would be provided with food, protection, water, shelter and sanitation, medicines, as well as with healthcare, education and agricultural support.
The plan will be implemented by 60 humanitarian organizations, including UN agencies and non-governmental organizations.