UN seeks $4.7 billion to meet the urgent needs of 21 million IDPs in Nigeria, among others

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has stated that its humanitarian partners will require $4.7 billion in 2024 to meet the urgent needs of 20.9 million internally displaced people in Burkina Faso, Cameroon’s Far North Region, Chad, Mali, Niger, and Nigeria’s Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states.

The discovery was stated in a statement released on Wednesday titled ‘Almost 33 million people in the Sahel need vital humanitarian assistance and protection services’.

According to them, 32.8 million people in the Sahel are affected by a complex and interconnected web of crises, exacerbated by instability, deteriorating security, and the effects of climate change, necessitating humanitarian assistance and protection services.

“Growing violence and instability in the Sahel threaten lives and livelihoods, causing families to evacuate their homes and denying access to essential social services; 2.2 million children are denied the right to an education due to school closures, and 1,263 health centers are closed.

“The region is home to two million refugees and asylum seekers, as well as 5.6 million internally displaced people, many of whom have been moved several times. Climate change’s increasing effects exacerbate vulnerability.

The most pressing humanitarian need continues to be the protection of human life, as well as fundamental rights and dignity. Women and girls, children, and individuals with special needs are especially vulnerable. “In the upcoming June-August lean season, 16.7 million people will struggle to feed themselves,” the statement said.

The UN highlighted that 7.9 million people in Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe states are in need, but the organization will target 4.4 million individuals with $926.5 million in financing.

It also revealed that 2.2 million children in the area have been denied the right to an education as a result of school closures, 1,263 health centers have been closed, and the region is home to two million refugees and asylum seekers, as well as 5.6 million internally displaced people, many of whom have been relocated multiple times.
Humanitarian partners need $4.7 billion by 2024 to satisfy the urgent needs of 20.9 million people in Burkina Faso, Cameroon’s Far North Region, Chad, Mali, Niger, and Nigeria’s Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states.

It warned that lives are at risk unless humanitarians are given the resources they require to respond to these crises and assist the region’s most vulnerable people.

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