UN Seeks To Raise $174.4 Million To Assist Victims Of Boko Haram

UN Seeks To Raise $174.4 Million To Assist Victims Of Boko Haram

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United Nation's Secretary General Ban Ki Moon

The United Nations Refugee Agency is appealing for $174 million to help Nigerian refugees who have fled to neighbouring nations following militant attacks.

Boko Haram has killed thousands in the nation’s north-east by attacking villages, schools, churches and mosques.

It has also kidnapped students, including the Chibok schoolgirls abducted on Monday, April 14 2014. A majority of them remain missing.

The insurgents have attacked relentlessly for six years, sending 192,000 people seeking shelter in Cameroon, Niger and Chad.

“Displaced people in north-eastern Nigeria and across borders are in a very dramatic situation, they fear for their lives and are at this point unable to return to their homes,” said Liz Ahua, who has been coordinating Nigerian refugee efforts for the U.N.

Aid agencies are scrambling to provide the refugees with clean water, shelter, food and access to education.

“In the refugee camps, thousands of school-age refugee children cannot attend school because of lack of classrooms and teachers,” Ahua said.

Mental health needs are crucial to help the survivors of physical attacks and those who’ve witnessed violence, according to the U.N. Some children are separated from their parents amid the trauma.

“The conflict has had a devastating impact on children, including many who were forcibly recruited by the insurgents in Nigeria,” Ahua said.

The appeal encompasses the needs of 23 agencies and nongovernmental organizations helping the refugees.

“Adequate funding is crucial to make sure aid agencies can improve the living conditions for refugees in asylum countries and respond to their protection needs,” Ahua said. “We relocate refugees away from the conflict border areas, and establish additional refugee camps where needed.”

According to CNN, the Islamist group has said its aim is to impose a stricter form of Sharia law across Nigeria, which is split between a majority Muslim north and a mostly Christian south.

An additional 1.2 million people are displaced within Nigeria as a result of the incessant attacks.

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