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We Need $4.7bn To Aid 21 Million Displaced Persons In Nigeria, Others – UN

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The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN) has revealed that their humanitarian partners need $4.7 billion in 2024 to help 20.9 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Burkina Faso, the far north region of Cameroon, Chad, Mali, Niger, and Nigeria’s Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states.

In a statement titled ‘Almost 33 million people in the Sahel need lifesaving humanitarian assistance and protection services,’ released on Wednesday, the UN highlighted that crises worsened by instability, deteriorating security, and climate change have left 32.8 million people in the Sahel in need of aid.

Across the Sahel, growing violence and conflict threaten lives and livelihoods, forcing families to flee their homes and preventing access to basic social services – 2.2 million children are deprived of their right to education due to school closures, and 1,263 health centres are closed,” the statement read in part.

“The region hosts two million refugees and asylum seekers and 5.6 million internally displaced persons, many of whom have faced multiple displacements. The increasing effects of climate change are multipliers of vulnerability,” it added.

The UN further stated that protecting human life and ensuring fundamental rights is the most urgent need, adding that women, children, and those with specific needs are especially vulnerable.

It also estimated that 16.7 million people will struggle with food insecurity during the June-August lean season.

It noted that in Nigeria specifically, 7.9 million people in Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe states need assistance, but the agency will target 4.4 million people with the required funding of $926.5M.

Humanitarian partners require US$ 4.7 billion in 2024 to meet the urgent needs of 20.9 million people in Burkina Faso, CCameroon’sFar North Region, Chad, Mali, Niger, and NNigeria’sAdamawa, Borno, and Yobe states,” the UN said, warning that lives are at risk without adequate resources to support the most vulnerable.

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