Some $104 million have been provided by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), towards aiding the humanitarian crisis in Nigeria.
The additional funding which was announced on March 12, will go towards giving urgent aid in communities through providing food, health, nutrition, shelter, protection, sanitation and hygiene, the agency said in a statement by its office of Press Relations, Friday.
In Nigeria, there are currently 8.7 million people at risk in the northeast alone according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) situated in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe, and have been greatly affected by the decade long insurgency.
“Since 2015, violence and insecurity have driven people from their homes and exacerbated humanitarian needs in Northern Nigeria,” USAID added.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has further impacted food insecurity, raised protection concerns including the risk of gender-based violence, and reduced access to basic necessities such as safe drinking water, nutrition, and shelter.”
The United States of America has been one of Nigeria’s largest donors in terms of humanitarian response, providing nearly $505 million in 2020 and 2021.
In 2020, the US government provided more than $393 million in response to the worsening humanitarian crisis, coupled with the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The US remains committed to helping the people affected by this conflict and will continue to provide vital support to the people of Nigeria,” the agency reiterated.
The agency also called on other donor countries, organisations and agencies to do the same to ensure lifesaving assistance continues to reach those in need of it.
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