Saturday, 30 July 2016

UNICEF to continue humanitarian work in North East after Boko Haram attack – UN

The United Nations, UN, on Friday stated that the United Nations International Children’s Fund, UNICEF, will continue to provide assistance to internally displaced persons, IDPs, in the Northeast, despite the recent Boko Haram attack on its convoy.                        

Recall that suspected Boko Haram terrorist had on Thursday ambushed a UNICEF humanitarian convoy, while returning from Bama in Borno state.

The attack, which left several people injured including two soldiers, prompted UNICEF to temporarily suspend relief assistance to IDPs, in the area.

Speaking yesterday, UNICEF’s country Representative, Jean Gough said, “We are working at full strength in the Borno state capital Maiduguri.

“We continue to call for increased efforts to reach people in desperate need across the state. We cannot let this heartless attack divert any of us from reaching the more than two million people who are in dire need of immediate humanitarian assistance.”

While urging donors to scale-up their their response to Borno State, the agency declared that, “The violence has disrupted farming and markets, destroyed food stocks, and damaged or destroyed health and water facilities. We absolutely have to reach more of these communities.”