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Nigeria: Humanitarian chief visits Borno

25 Oct 2019

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Women and girls staying at the reception centre in GSSSS IDP Camp, in Bama, Borno State, Nigeria, on 13 September 2019. Credit: OCHA/Leni Kinzli

The UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, this week visited Borno in north-east Nigeria to review the deteriorating humanitarian situation.

“Ten years of conflict and violence perpetrated by Boko Haram and other non-State armed groups have devastated communities. In my visits to Borno in September 2017 and October 2018, I met many of the ordinary people who have been the victims of this crisis,” said Mr. Lowcock.

Renewed violence, most of it perpetrated by Boko Haram insurgents, has sparked an upsurge in forced displacement in Borno, with more than 140,000 people forced to move this year alone. Many farmers have missed multiple planting seasons and more than 3 million people are food insecure. 

More than 7 million people currently need humanitarian assistance in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states.

The UN and humanitarian partners have supported the humanitarian response in north-east Nigeria since the beginning of the crisis. They have provided life-saving assistance to more than 3.8 million people thus far in 2019.