United Nation says Nigeria humanitarian needs hit record high
The humanitarian community in Nigeria called for urgent support for vulnerable people in the north-eastern part of the country, as the number of people in need of lifesaving aid has risen steeply.
At the same time people’s living conditions and the security situation have significantly deteriorated since the beginning of the year.
The UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Edward Kallon, said that the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbates the dire humanitarian situation in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states, and risks wreaking havoc on the most vulnerable population.
“The number of people needing humanitarian assistance is the highest ever recorded in five years of a joint humanitarian response,” Kallon said.
“The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting us all. Its’ devastating effects will distress Nigeria’s most fragile region. Unless we take immediate action, we should prepare for a spike in conflict, hunger and destitution in north-east Nigeria.”
The ongoing conflict in north-east Nigeria – now in its eleventh year – and the upsurge in violence witnessed over the past year in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states, have deepened humanitarian needs.
Over 10.6 million people – out of a total of 13 million, or four in five people – will need some form of humanitarian assistance in 2020.
This is close to a 50 percent increase in people in need since last year, mainly from increasing violence and insecurity further compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are concerned about conflict-affected communities who already face severe hunger and are vulnerable to the socio-economic fallout from the pandemic,” added Paul Howe, Representative and Country Director of the World Food Programme. “They are on life support and need assistance to survive.”