The humanitarian community in Nigeria on Thursday marked 10 years of Boko Haram crisis in the country with a message on the need to scale up humanitarian interventions.
A statement by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs to mark the day read in part, “On this occasion, the humanitarian community emphasized the immense humanitarian needs caused by the crisis and the necessity to continue scaling up life-saving assistance.”
United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr Edward Kallon, was quoted to have said, “The crisis that started ten years ago is still far from over. We are here today to remember those who have lost their lives in the conflict, and to remind us of those still struggling to survive and rebuild their lives. Ten years on, it is not the time for us to spare any effort. In this very critical period, we must collectively redouble efforts, with support at all levels – locally, nationally and internationally.”
He recalled that over the last decade, the conflict had claimed the lives of about 27,000 civilians and devastated communities, villages and towns across the three most-affected states.
The President of the Network on Humanitarian Development Initiative, Ms Josephine Habba, was quoted as saying, “We have to pay attention to the needs and rights of people, especially those of women and children, and support local organisations to play a more visible role in the response. The protracted crisis in the North-East is of concern to the entire country. We don’t want this crisis to last another 10 years.”