The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and its humanitarian partners on Wednesday launched an inter-agency funding appeal of $157 million dollars for people affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in the Lake Chad Basin region.
The Deputy UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Ms Kelly Clements, said at the appeal launched in Niamey, Niger, that “the Boko Haram crisis lingers on and is far from over.
The 47 UN agencies, including the UNHCR, and humanitarian organisations participating in the 2018 Nigeria Regional Refugee Response Plan will provide support to some 208,000 Nigerian refugees.
The agencies would also provide support for 75,000 of the Nigerian refugees’ hosts in Niger, Cameroon and Chad.
“The world should not forget the victims of this deadly conflict, especially as there appears to be little hope for a return to peace and stability in the near future,” Clements said.
She said Nigerian refugees continued to arrive in very remote and impoverished communities in neighbouring countries.
The UNHCR said since it started in 2013, the Boko Haram conflict has internally displaced another 2.4 million people in North East Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger.
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