Aid continues despite attack on humanitarian convoy in northeast Nigeria: UNICEF
Following the recent attack on humanitarian convoy that included staff from UNICEF, UNFPA, and IOM in which one UNICEF staff member was injured in the northeast Nigeria, travel by UN staff to high risk areas has been temporarily suspended.
But nevertheless , UNICEF had continued to provide assistance to millions of conflict-affected children in the region despite attack on the humanitarian convoy.
The convoy was traveling from Bama to Maiduguri in Borno State, returning from delivering desperately needed humanitarian assistance when they were attacked.
According to a statement by UNICEF , We are working at full strength in the Borno state capital, Maiduguri .
UNICEF Nigeria Representative Jean Gough stressed “We continue to call for increased efforts to reach people in desperate need across the state. We cannot let this heartless attack divert any of us from reaching the more than two million people who are in dire need of immediate humanitarian assistance.”
UNICEF has called on donors and humanitarian organizations to scale-up the response to the emerging disaster in Borno state, which is the most affected by the conflict with Boko Haram.
“Our teams were finding people living on the brink of disaster,” said Jean Gough, “The violence has disrupted farming and markets, destroyed food stocks, and damaged or destroyed health and water facilities. We absolutely have to reach more of these communities.”
UNICEF estimates that 244,000 children will suffer from severe acute malnutrition this year in Borno state alone and if they are not reached with treatment, one in five of them will die.
UNICEF has provided two million people with health services and treated 56,000 children for malnutrition in the three conflict-affected states of northeast Nigeria. A quarter of a million people have improved access to clean water, and over 200,000 children have been able to go back to school.
Despite the temporary suspension of travel to high risk areas, UNICEF plans to scale-up its response in Borno state.