The United Nations Under-Secretary-General, office for the coordination of humanitarian affairs, Mark Lowcock has led a team to Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
Lowcock, during the working visit said 5.2 million people are in need of emergency food assistance in the three most affected states of the troubled North-East, Nigeria, while 450,000 children are severely malnourished.
Giving assurance of the United Nations commitment to assist the victims of the insurgency, he said the visit is to enable the United Nations to assess the extent of damage and impacts of the Boko Haram insurgency and to address the humanitarian crisis occasioned by the insurgency.
The UN team also visited war ravaged communities in Niger Republic where the affected population are confronted with issues of protection.
Lowcock said: “I am visiting Nigeria and Niger to assess the level and impact of humanitarian crisis in the Lake Chad region; and how effective is our response to the crisis, and most importantly it will avail me the chance to listen to the affected people.
“I will bring their stories to the world leaders during the UN General Assembly next week.”
The Under-Secretary also said that 17 million people were in need of humanitarian assistance in the lake Chad Basin out of which 8.5 million were in North-eastern Nigeria.
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