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UN releases $24m to tackle famine in North East, others

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Friday Olokor, Jos

The Nigeria Humanitarian Fund, which was set up this year by the United Nations to tackle famine in the North East and to arrest a deepening humanitarian crisis, has received $24m.

Again, about $80m would be received by the end of 2017, its Humanitarian Coordinator, Peter Lundberg, said on Tuesday.

The organisation in a statement obtained in Jos, Plateau State, said $24m came through contributions and pledges from Sweden, Germany and Norway.

Other donors are Belgium, Republic of Korea, Luxembourg, Arab Gulf Program for Development, Malta and Sri Lanka.

The NHF, one of 18-country-based, pooled funds which allows donors to pool their contributions for a stronger and timelier response to the needs of those most affected by the ongoing crisis, including millions who face a high risk of food insecurity and disease outbreaks.

Lundberg said, “This year, the UN and partners are aiming to reach 6.9 million people with life-saving aid in the North-East of Nigeria in the states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe, which are those most affected by the humanitarian emergency triggered by the violence that has affected the region in recent years.

“The appeal for 2017, detailed in the humanitarian response plan, is for $1.05 billion, making it the fourth largest single-country appeal globally.

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