New European Union (EU) funding will provide access to clean water and sanitation facilities, food aid, shelter, basic primary healthcare and education for children who have been caught up in the continuing hostilites in the north-east region that have affected millions of people.
European Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič announced the $30 Million USD emergency aid package 24 January, commenting “I saw first-hand today the suffering that conflict has brought to people's lives and how crucial humanitarian aid is to people's survival. What matters most is that humanitarian organisations can reach all the people in need, without restrictions, including in areas under the influence of non-state armed groups. It is vital that all States and parties to armed conflicts respect their obligation to allow and facilitate the rapid and unimpeded passage of humanitarian relief. It is also key to implement in parallel a comprehensive strategy in the region, exploring political tracks while addressing the root causes of conflict.”
This new aid will bring European Commission aid in the region to a total of $95 Million USD since 2014.
While in Nigeria, the commissioner will confirm the commission’s commitment to Africa and discuss joint Nigerian and European Union priorities in the coming years. At the top of the list is the continuing strife in the northeast.
An EU press describes the ten-year armed insurgency in the North-East of Nigeria as "(continuing) to uproot civilians and deepen humanitarian needs. The conflict limits people's access to food, basic services and livelihood opportunities. Close to 2 million people have fled their homes in search of safety. 7.7 million people need humanitarian assistance and close to 3 million people are suffering from food shortages. Furthermore, 1.2 million people in need remain cut off from humanitarian aid in hard-to-reach areas".
EU efforts in Nigeria aim to build long-term resilience and offer social protection, supporting basic services and addressing the underlying causes of the conflict.