Sum­mit hopes to dou­ble aid

The Guardian Weekly - - World Round Up -

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.

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