U.N,: Famine averted but millions still at risk in Lake Chad region

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The United Nations is calling upon world leaders to maintain their support towards the humanitarian cause in the Lake Chad region, noting that the efforts so far have averted a famine.

“We have averted famine, but millions of people are still at risk if more international help is not forthcoming,” UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock said at the end of a two-day mission to the country.

Lowcock said that he would rally the world leaders at the UN General Assembly next week to maintain their financial and political support for the cause.

“At next week’s General Assembly in New York, I will urge world leaders to maintain their financial and political support for the Lake Chad Basin crisis, and to work with the Nigerian authorities to bring stability to the north-east,” he said.

Islamist terror group Boko Harsm has waged a near-decade war in the Lake Chad basin, aiming to enforce a strict Sharia code of governance.

The conflict has killed tens of thousands and displaced millions, creating a humanitarian crisis in the region.

In north-east Nigeria alone, at least 8.5 million people are largely dependent on humanitarian assistance.

President Muhammadu Buhari is scheduled to lead his country at the 72nd UN General Assembly in New York, and is set to drum up international support for his government’s cause towards freeing all the Chibok girls that remain in captivity.