U.N. Security Council set to visit areas affected by Boko Haram insurgency

Nigeria

The United Nations Security Council is set to travel to the regions affected by the Islamist militia group Boko Haram’s insurgency amid a serious humanitarian crisis in those regions.

The countries that have been affected by the terror group’s activities include Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon.

France’s U.N. ambassador, Francois Delattre, told reporters that “this is the first time ever that the Security Council will visit the region” and members want to support those four countries “in their fight against terrorism.”

A seven –year insurgency by Boo Haram in Nigeria has killed more than 20,000 people and forced more than 2.6 million people out of their homes.

A U.N. humanitarian coordinator said last month that malnutrition in Nigeria’s northeast was so pronounced that some adults were too weak to walk and some communities had lost all their toddlers.

The UNSC’s initial meetings in the region are scheduled to start on Friday. They then plan to go to Chad and Niger, then on to Nigeria, where they will also visit a camp in the north for people displaced by Boko Haram.