Australia provides $2.2m to North East Nigeria for fight against hunger

IDPs-northeast-822x582North-East is a war torn area by the insurgency terrorist Boko Haram group who had rendered millions homeless, window, orphans, children out-of-school and internally displaced.

The Australian Government rendered a helping hand to the people facing starvation in the North-East and has donated $2.2million to the government of Nigeria to feed about 111,000 people internally displaced by the terrorist group Boko Haram in the country’s North-East.

This was unmasked in a statement that the funding would go a long way in feeding about 111,000 people, including 47,000 pregnant and nursing women.

The disclosed statement made by the United Nations World Food Programme, which received the grant, stated that with the fund donation, the Australian Government had in the past one year provided a total of $12.3m to tackle the humanitarian crisis in the North-East and the Lake Chad region in Africa.

Based on the released statement, the Australian High Commissioner in Nigeria, Paul Lehmann, asserted as follows:

“The scale of the humanitarian situation in northeastern Nigeria and the Lake Chad region demands an action-oriented response.

“The Australian Government is proud to be working with our long-standing partner, the World Food Programme, to offer an important contribution to the combined efforts aimed at relieving the suffering of the communities most affected.”

“It (the funds) comes as an estimated 5.2 million people face intense hunger during the period between harvests. Experts believe as many as 50,000 people are experiencing famine-like conditions.”

The interim Country Director, World Food Programme, WFP Nigeria, Ronald Sibanda, said the contribution was timely as it would help to provide relief to the starving, hungry people in the North-East.

The funding would give succor and hope to the victims of the Boko Haram insurgency group in the country.

Ronald Sibanda thanked the Australian Government for the gesture.

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