Nearly $104 million in additional humanitarian assistance to Nigeria has been announced by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in response to the ongoing crisis in the country.
The U.S agency in a statement on Friday said an estimated 8.7 million people are at risk, further stating that this additional assistance will provide urgently needed support for communities, including through food, health, nutrition, shelter, protection, water, sanitation, and hygiene, and humanitarian coordination programs.
“Since 2015, violence and insecurity have driven people from their homes and exacerbated humanitarian needs in Northern Nigeria.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has further impacted food insecurity, raised protection concerns including the risk of gender-based violence, and reduced access to basic necessities such as safe drinking water, nutrition, and shelter,” the statement said.
It also disclosed that the United States is the single largest donor for the humanitarian response in Nigeria, having provided nearly $505 million in Fiscal Years 2020 and 2021.
“The U.S. remains committed to helping the people affected by this conflict and will continue to provide vital support to the people of Nigeria. The U.S. calls on other donors to do the same by providing life-saving assistance to vulnerable Nigerians and the communities that host them, ” the statement added.