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Published On: Wed, Mar 26th, 2014

Boko Haram crisis displaced 250,000 people in 3 months – NEMA

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Boko-haram-attackThe National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, yesterday said that three million people were affected and a quarter of a million displaced by insurgency in the North-East between January and March.

NEMA Director-General, Mohammad Sani-Sidi, made this known at the 7th National Humanitarian Coordination meeting organised by NEMA for donor agencies in the country in Abuja.

Sani-Sidi said NEMA in collaboration with the Red Cross and state Emergency Management Agencies in affected states, carried out a comprehensive multi-sector rapid assessment of humanitarian situation in the areas.

Represented by Zanna Mohammad, NEMA’s Director of Administration, the DG said the assessment was carried out between March 3 and March 7. “The assessment report findings revealed that from January to March alone, insurgency and other humanitarian challenges have affected more than three million people.

“The insurgency left scores dead and displaced more than 249,446 people who are in camps or living with host communities,” he said.

He said the meeting was to review the humanitarian situation in states affected by the state of emergency.

He said although NEMA had intervened through the provision of food and non-food items, water and medicaments, the needs of the affected population are on the increase. He solicited the support of all donor agencies in alleviating the sufferings of those affected.

The Head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, UNOCHA, Choice Okoro, in Nigeria, said the organisation would spend 75 million dollars on humanitarian assistance in Nigeria.

She said 75 per cent of the amount would be used for humanitarian intervention in the North- East. (NAN)

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