Survivors of the Boko Haram insurgency, numbering over 11 million, are in desperate need of humanitarian aid.
NAN reports that Toby Lanzer, Humanitarian Coordinator of the Sahel, told UN Correspondents at the UN Headquarters in New York that the Boko Haram crisis did monumental destruction to the Lake Chad basin countries, which include Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria.
Lanzer lamented at the dire condition of the victims of the insurgents; especially that of the children.
He said: “About 11 million people are in desperate need of humanitarian aid, 7.1 million of them are severely food insecure.
“To say “food insecure”, according to World Food Programme, is that they are living on the edge, surviving on, if they can, one meal a day,” he said.
Of this figures, more than half a million children are acutely malnourished and run the risk of death if no aid is given soon. This aid has become necessary as the needs of the large number of survivors and displaced people are too much for one government to cater to.
“This is a clear case where international solidarity with the governments of the region is needed,” he stressed.
According to him, the Sahel region already has about 2.5 million internally displaced persons (IDP).
Lanzer said the positive outcome of the military campaigns against the jihadist group has allowed access to humanitarian actors to places they could not go to before. this entry has also allowed them have a fuller understanding of the suffering and destruction left in the wake of the violent actions of Boko Haram.
“We saw towns and villages that were totally destroyed.
“Places that were completely cut off for over three years and places devoid of two, three and four- year olds because they have died,” he said.