US$1 billion appeal launched to address Africa’s largest humanitarian crisis

Humanitarians are appealing for US$1 billion to meet the needs of nearly seven million people affected by insecurity in north-east Nigeria.

They are calling on the international community and the private sector to respond to what they say is the "largest crisis on the African continent".

Dianne Penn reports.

The funding will be used to support desperate people in three states most affected by years of violence at the hands of the militant group Boko Haram.

Over the course of the year, the Nigerian Armed Forces have pushed back the insurgents.

As a result, the scale of suffering has become more apparent, according to the UN and its humanitarian partners.

"The narrative on this humanitarian crisis can no longer be ignored and we are appealing to the international community to help us prevent the deaths of thousands of innocent civilians over the coming 12 months," UN Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator Peter Lundberg said in a statement issued on Friday.

The 2017 Humanitarian Response will address the urgent needs of almost seven million in north-east Nigeria people who require food, shelter, healthcare, education, protection, clean water supplies and sanitation.

The UN projects that more than five million people will face serious food shortages as farmers have been prevented from planting crops due to the conflict and the risk of unexploded improvised devices.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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Source: United Nations Radio.

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