Unic Press UK: The refugee/displacement crisis birthed by Boko Haram – a Jihad-promoting terrorist organization – has worsened, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said.
“When we last launched the 2018 Nigeria Regional RRP, we reported the population in the three countries to be 218,000 refugees and aimed to assist 75,000 host community members in Cameroon, Chad and Niger. Due to the unrelenting violence in the Lake Chad Basin, the number of Nigerian refugees increased in 2018 to 228,500. The horizon for a quick resolution of the Boko Haram conflict is offering little hope, with the likelihood of a similar increase in numbers in 2019,” a UNHCR report ‘Nigeria Regional Refugee Response Plan 2019/2020’ reads.
The UNHCR also disclosed that the Nigeria Regional Refugee Response Plan 2018 was 42% funded against the $156.6 million financial requirements by November.
In 2019, a total of 40 Regional RRP partners are appealing for US$135.3 million; and the top priority within the 2019/20 refugee response remains to save lives, provide basic assistance to the affected families, and deliver protection services to the host communities, the UNHCR said in its report.