The United Nations Head of Humanitarian Affairs has traveled to the country to witness first-hand the humanitarian situation and response in the northeast, and to raise international awareness of the humanitarian situation facing the world. worsen and draw attention to the ongoing regional conflict affecting the Lake Chad basin.
The UN relief mission chief met with the Vice President and members of the Federal Government, the Chief of the General Staff of Defense, as well as the Governor of Borno State in northeastern Nigeria, where the extremist group Boko Haram launched the insurgency. Islam in 2009, has spread to neighboring countries, Cameroon, Niger and Chad..
In the northeast, he met with Nigerians who have been affected by the violence, as well as humanitarian partners, in Maiduguri, Bama and Damasak.
The conflict in the Lake Chad basin has taken a heavy toll on communities in the border areas of the affected countries, putting more than 10 million people at risk and in need of humanitarian assistance.
During a visit to Damasak, on the border with Niger, Mr. Griffiths heard from women and families displaced by violence.
They tell him of their hope of returning home, but they despair that they cannot plan for a better future due to the constant insecurity and attacks by armed groups. .
Mr. Griffiths said: “It is heartbreaking to see the profound impact violence and repeated displacement have on so many people. However, the people I met demonstrated incredible courage in the face of brutal violence, murder, kidnapping, repeated displacement, and sometimes naked survival.
“In Bama, women have told stories of escaping years of captivity by an armed group just a few weeks ago. Our mission is to help them rebuild their lives.”
Borno State Governor, he said, conveyed the authorities’ commitment to improving security and building resilience for the most vulnerable.
“We will redouble our collective efforts to improve the protection of civilians and humanitarian access, and seek lasting solutions out of the crisis wherever possible,” the head of state said. UN humanitarian agency added.
“Clearly we share a common goal: to uphold the dignity of Nigerians and to find ways to alleviate the suffering that so many of them face today. People are hungry for better security, livelihoods and access to social services, and we stand ready to make this happen together with our Government and humanitarian partners.”
‘Great personal risk’
Mr. Griffiths has heard first-hand from those working on the front lines of aid: “Courageous humanitarian workers, mostly Nigerians, work tirelessly and often at great personal risk to help help. help others. I deeply admire their commitment and, in turn, I pledge to support their safety as well as the necessary support for those they serve. ”
In 2021, the humanitarian community reached more than 5 million people in need in Nigeria. The Nigeria Humanitarian Response Plan 2022, scheduled to launch in February, needs just over $1 billion. It sets out the humanitarian community’s plan to assist 8.4 million people in need this year.