Summit hopes to double aid
The nine-year-long crisis in the Lake Chad region has left 11 million people in need of urgent help, a high-level conference heard. More than 2 million people have been displaced and 5 million regularly do not have access to enough food in Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon, where the armed group Boko Haram is waging an insurgency. The insecurity leaves populations without access to the land they farm or to waters they fish in, making them dependent on outside help. Last year’s conference on the crisis in Oslo raised $672m, but the UN’s humanitarian chief, Mark Lowcock, speaking on the first day of the Berlin summit, said he expected that figure to double this year.