From: Timothy Olanrewaju, Maiduguri
Some 17 million people need humanitarian assistance in the Lake Chad Basin area with about 8.5 million in the northeast states affected by Boko Haram violence.
UN Under-Secretary General, humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator, Mark Lowcock, said this at a press conference on Tuesday in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital
“Civilians continue to bear the brunt of a conflict that has led to widespread forced displacement and violations of international humanitarian and human rights laws,” Lowcock said at a press conference in Maiduguri, heartland of the Boko Haram violence.
The UN envoy said the recent outbreak of Cholera in the area was a symptom of the seven years violence, calling for more support to provide aid to civilians displaced by the crisis.