From Duku Joel, Damaturu
The United Nations (UN) has stated that the protracted crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic have forced more than 10.6 million people in the Northeast, in need of humanitarian assistance.
The UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Nigeria Edward Kallon made this known at a meeting with officials of Yobe State Government in Damaturu on Thursday.
“As we speak, Northeast Nigeria has reached alarming levels of food insecurity and hunger after eleven years of conflict aggravated by the unset of COVID-19 pandemic. More than 10.6 million people require humanitarian assistance and protection in the three states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe, an increase of almost 50 per cent since last year and the highest recorded since current humanitarian operations began due to a combination of conflict and COVID-19.”
The UN Coordinator, who is in Yobe State to listen to the people and draw up solutions together on how better to support the population, also emphasised that: “There are no humanitarian solutions to humanitarian problems.”
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