(By Estera Popowska)
The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) has appealed for $174.4 million to help some 192,000 refugees fleeing the violence in northeastern Nigeria with critical assistance and protection.
According to reports from UN News Centre , UNHCR Regional Representative for West Africa and Coordinator for the Nigeria Refugee situation, Liz Ahua, made the aappeal in a press release Thursday.
“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,”
“We need more financial support to continue to help the refugees and to plan for increased aid in case of more people fleeing for safety outside Nigeria.”
more than 15,000 people have been killed, countless children, women and men have been abducted, abused and forcibly recruited, and women and girls have been targeted for particularly horrific abuse, including sexual enslavement, since 2009, when the Boko Haram insurgency resorted to wide-scale violence.
The terror caused by Boko Haram has also provoked the instability of Nigeria’s north and spilled over the country’s borders, affecting the wider region and displacing over a million people.
According to UNHCR, in fact, the latest movements of refugees across Nigeria’s borders are expected to bring the total of Nigerian refugees in Cameroon to nearly 66,000 (Source: UN News Centre)