The European Union has pledged €102.5 million to support humanitarian aids in Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon, all in the Lake Chad region.
The fund is to help the vulnerable communities in those countries, as the humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate in the region.
In a statement by the EU on Tuesday, the Union said there is so much violence in the region, where the civilian population is increasingly the victim of targeted attacks, resulting in large-scale displacement, disruption of livelihoods and lack of access to basic services.
The pledge was made during the High-Level Conference on the Lake Chad Region, held in Niamey on 23-24 January.
The total amount for 2023 will be distributed as follows: Nigeria (34 million), Niger (25 million), Chad (26.5 million) and Cameroon (€17 million).
The EU said the funding is part of the total €181.5 million allocated this year for the Lake Chad basin, the Central African Republic and the Sahel, as announced last week.
“Over 24 million people in these four countries are estimated to need humanitarian assistance, an increase of 9.5% from last year. This funding will provide much needed support to vulnerable communities impacted by conflict, displacement and increasing food insecurity.
“As the region faces an unprecedented food crisis, we will continue to monitor the situation and to react with additional funding if necessary,” the EU Commissioner for Crisis Management, JanezLenarčič said on Monday.