Following a trip to Maiduguri at the
center of the Boko Haram insurgency this week, USAID’s Office
for Foreign Disaster Assistance
Director Jeremy Konyndyk
announced $37 million in new funding to support additional
humanitarian assistance for people
affected by the conflict and severe
food insecurity in Nigeria and
throughout the Lake Chad Basin.
At a press conference Wednesday, August 10, at the Nigerian
Emergency Management Agency,
Konyndyk said the funding for
assistance implemented by
international NGOs and UN agencies
brings the total USAID humanitarian support for the region to $318
million since last year. The United
States is the single largest
humanitarian donor to the region.
"The United States is committed to
supporting Nigeria to ease this
humanitarian crisis,” Konyndyk said,
and help sustain this vulnerable
population until they can resume
livelihoods upended by conflict. Despite gradually improving security conditions, the humanitarian situation remains dire.
Throughout the region, approximately 5 million people need emergency food assistance and 2.5 million people are displaced.
"These issues are enormous,"
Muhammad Sani Sidi, director
general of the Nigeria Emergency
Management Agency said, but added we are working toward a "full recovery," including job skills training for the displaced.