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  It is heartbreaking to see the profound impact of the violence and repeated displacement of so many NEW YORK United States of America January 21 2022 APO Group USG ERC Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths concluded a four day visit to Nigeria yesterday The UN humanitarian chief traveled to the country to see first hand the humanitarian situation and response in the northeast and to raise international awareness of the deteriorating humanitarian situation and draw attention to the ongoing regional conflict affecting the Lake Chad Basin In Nigeria the USG ERC met with the Vice President and members of the Federal Government the Chief of Defense Staff as well as the Governor of Borno State In the northeast he met with Nigerians affected by the violence as well as humanitarian partners in Maiduguri Bama and Damasak The conflict in the Lake Chad Basin has taken a heavy toll on communities in the border areas of Nigeria Cameroon Chad and Niger putting more than 10 million people in need of humanitarian assistance at risk During his visit to Damasak on the border with Niger Mr Griffiths listened to women and families displaced by violence They told him of their hopes of returning home but became desperate because they were unable to plan for a better future due to continued insecurity and attacks by armed groups Mr Griffiths said It is heartbreaking to see the profound impact of repeated violence and displacement for so many Yet the people I met showed incredible courage in the face of ruthless violence murder kidnapping repeated displacement and sometimes survival In Bama women told stories of escaping years of captivity by armed groups just weeks ago It is our duty to help them rebuild their lives I also had the opportunity to meet with the governor of Borno state who conveyed to me the commitment of the authorities to improve security and build resilience for the most vulnerable We will redouble our collective efforts to improve the protection of civilians and humanitarian access and seek durable solutions out of the crisis wherever possible It is clear that we share a common goal to uphold the dignity of Nigerians and to find ways to alleviate the suffering that many of them face today People yearn for security livelihoods and better access to social services and we are ready to make this a reality with the Government and our humanitarian partners Mr Griffiths also met with aid workers in Bama and Damasak and heard first hand about the challenges they face in reaching people in need He said The brave humanitarian workers most of them Nigerians work tirelessly and often at great personal risk to help others I deeply admire their commitment and in turn am committed to advocating for their safety and the necessary support for the people they serve In 2021 the humanitarian community reached more than 5 million people in need in Nigeria Nigeria s 2022 Humanitarian Response Plan scheduled to launch in February calls for just over 1 billion It sets out the humanitarian community s plan to help 8 4 million people in need this year
UN humanitarian chief pledges support for Nigeria

It is heartbreaking to see the profound impact of the violence and repeated displacement of so many

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NEW YORK, United States of America, January 21, 2022/APO Group/ —

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Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths

USG/ERC Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths concluded a four-day visit to Nigeria yesterday. The UN humanitarian chief traveled to the country to see first-hand the humanitarian situation and response in the northeast, and to raise international awareness of the deteriorating humanitarian situation and draw attention to the ongoing regional conflict affecting the Lake Chad Basin.

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Vice President

In Nigeria, the USG/ERC met with the Vice President and members of the Federal Government, the Chief of Defense Staff, as well as the Governor of Borno State. In the northeast, he met with Nigerians affected by the violence, as well as humanitarian partners, in Maiduguri, Bama and Damasak.

Lake Chad Basin

The conflict in the Lake Chad Basin has taken a heavy toll on communities in the border areas of Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger, putting more than 10 million people in need of humanitarian assistance at risk.

During his visit to Damasak, on the border with Niger, Mr. Griffiths listened to women and families displaced by violence. They told him of their hopes of returning home, but became desperate because they were unable to plan for a better future due to continued insecurity and attacks by armed groups.

Mr Griffiths said: “It is heartbreaking to see the profound impact of repeated violence and displacement for so many. Yet the people I met showed incredible courage in the face of ruthless violence, murder, kidnapping, repeated displacement, and sometimes survival. In Bama, women told stories of escaping years of captivity by armed groups just weeks ago. It is our duty to help them rebuild their lives.”

“I also had the opportunity to meet with the governor of Borno state, who conveyed to me the commitment of the authorities to improve security and build resilience for the most vulnerable. We will redouble our collective efforts to improve the protection of civilians and humanitarian access, and seek durable solutions out of the crisis wherever possible.”

“It is clear that we share a common goal: to uphold the dignity of Nigerians and to find ways to alleviate the suffering that many of them face today. People yearn for security, livelihoods and better access to social services, and we are ready to make this a reality with the Government and our humanitarian partners.”

Bama and Damasak

Mr. Griffiths also met with aid workers in Bama and Damasak and heard first-hand about the challenges they face in reaching people in need. He said: “The brave humanitarian workers, most of them Nigerians, work tirelessly and often at great personal risk to help others. I deeply admire their commitment and, in turn, am committed to advocating for their safety and the necessary support for the people they serve.”

Humanitarian Response Plan

In 2021, the humanitarian community reached more than 5 million people in need in Nigeria. Nigeria’s 2022 Humanitarian Response Plan, scheduled to launch in February, calls for just over $1 billion. It sets out the humanitarian community’s plan to help 8.4 million people in need this year.

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