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Australia donates $2.2m to fight hunger in North-East


Australia donates $2.2m to fight hunger in North-East

Jesusegun Alagbe

The Australian Government has donated $2.2m to Nigeria to feed about 111,000 people displaced by Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East.

A statement on Monday by the United Nations World Food Programme, which received the grant, said that with the donation, the Australian Government had in the past one year provided a total of $12.3m to tackle  the humanitarian crisis in the North-East and the Lake Chad region.

According to the statement, the Australian High Commissioner in Nigeria, Paul Lehmann, said, “The scale of the humanitarian situation in northeastern Nigeria and the Lake Chad region demands an action-oriented response.

“The Australian Government is proud to be working with our long-standing partner, the World Food Programme, to offer an important contribution to the combined efforts aimed at relieving the suffering of the communities most affected.”

The statement added that the funding would go a long way in feeding about 111,000 people, including 47,000 pregnant and nursing women.

Thanking the Australian Government for the gesture, the interim Country Director, WFP Nigeria, Ronald Sibanda, said the contribution was timely as it would help to provide relief to the hungry in the North-East.

“It (the funds) comes as an estimated 5.2 million people face intense hunger during the period between harvests. Experts believe as many as 50,000 people are experiencing famine-like conditions,” the statement added.


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