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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Nigeria - St. Vincent and the Grenadines

12 Apr 2021

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An OCHA staff member hears from a woman in Borno State, Nigeria, who recently returned to her home following displacement due to the ongoing conflict in north-east Nigeria (file photo). © OCHA/Eve Sabbagh

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 12 April 2021

Nigeria

A statement was issued yesterday by Humanitarian Coordinator Edward Kallon strongly condemning yet another attack against aid facilities in Damasak, Borno State in Nigeria.

During the attack that lasted over five hours, on Saturday, 10 April, three international aid partners’ facilities were directly targeted, set ablaze and damaged. An NGO vehicle was taken by the attackers.

More than 1,000 people, including internally displaced people and humanitarian staff, fled into the bushes, with some crossing the border to neighbouring Niger in search of safety and security.

Some 29 UN, international NGO and national NGO humanitarian staff have been relocated from Damasak to Maiduguri. UN operations have also been temporarily suspended in Damasak.

Some 85,000 people rely on humanitarian assistance in Damasak.

The UN echoes Humanitarian Coordinator Kallon in calling on all armed parties to observe and commit to human rights law and international humanitarian law, and ensure the protection of civilians, humanitarian property and personnel.

Humanitarian aid operations, which are a lifeline for people affected by violence and conflict in north-east Nigeria, continue to face recurrent threats. This is the second attack in less than a month, following the recent attack on Dikwa, targeting humanitarian assets.

This year, the Humanitarian Response Plan for north-east Nigeria is seeking $1.01 billion to help 6.4 million people, including the internally displaced and host communities. It is just over 8 per cent funded ($86.3 million) as of 12 April.

 

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

OCHA reports that the eruption of La Saulfrieré Volcano has left the entire population of the island nation of 110,000 people without clean water and electricity and about 20,000 evacuated people in need of shelter.

The eruption has affected most livelihoods in the northern part of the island, including banana farming, with ash and lava flows hampering the movement of people and goods.

Airports and ports are closed and access to the island is very limited.

The UN and the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency have mobilized prepositioned water and sanitation hygiene supplies in Barbados.

The Government has sought UN assistance.

UN assistance so far includes relief items, food and cash distribution and technical advice.

Neighbouring countries are contributing emergency supplies and assets to support evacuation.

OCHA is supporting coordination with a dedicated team in Barbados, and virtually from Panama.