The United States has released the sum of $80 million as humanitarian assistance in response to the needs of over 20 million people spread across the Sahel region.
Of this amount, $25 million was provided by the US State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, while $55 million came from the US Agency for International Development’s Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance.
The funding which was announced during a meeting of the Sahel Coalition revealed the assistance would go towards providing critical protection, economic opportunity, shelter, healthcare, emergency food assistance, safe drinking water, hygiene, and sanitation services.
“This life-saving assistance is critical for the survival of nearly three million refugees and internally displaced people, and it helps host communities across the Sahel,” Ned Price, the department’s spokesperson said in a statement.
The countries in the Sahel that will benefit from the humanitarian aid are Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger.
The US has been the largest single donor of funding in Nigeria and the Sahel, data from UNOCHA has shown.
A call was also made by the American Government for donors to continue supporting all efforts in the Sahel.
“The United States Government appreciates the contributions made by donors to date and calls on those donors who have not yet stepped up to urgently support the humanitarian response in the Sahel,” the statement added.
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