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October 23, 2020
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EU Spends €271m on IDPs

The European Union (EU) has expended 271 million euros (N108.4
million) on providing humanitarian assistance to 5.6 million displaced
persons in camps and host communities of Northeast.


The five-year EU humanitarian funding; focuses on providing
life-saving emergency assistance in Boko Haram insurgency affected
states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe.


In a statement Monday in Maiduguri, Borno state, EU Commissioner,
Janez Lenarcic said the assistance, comprise emergency food aid and
shelter in camps and host communities.


According to him, access to basic primary healthcare, hygiene and
sanitation are to prevent disease outbreaks in communities.


He added that five-year humanitarian funding; is also to educate over
two million children caught up in decade long Boko Haram insurgency.


“We supported the screening and treatment of malnutrition in children
in camps and host communities,” he said, saying that community-based
protection support for women and children in conflict areas were also
provided.


On child soldiers, Lenarcic said: “This includes psychosocial support
and referral services to victims of gender-based violence,
unaccompanied children.


“It will also help former child soldiers released from armed groups to
be reintegrated into society.”


He said EU is bringing together humanitarian and development aid to
build vulnerable communities’ long-term resilience.


He said the building of vulnerable communities; could provide a
holistic approach to social protection in the long run.

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