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UNICEF Resumes Aid Supply To North-East

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Victims of insurgency queuing for relief items at an IDP Camp in the North-East

UNICEF said on Saturday that it will continue providing aid in the northeast despite attack on humanitarian convoy last Thursday which left aid workers injured.

The group however added that travel by staff of the organization to high risk areas has been temporarily suspended.

In a statement by UNICEF Nigeria Representative, Jean Gough which was made available to journalists, the UN organ said “UNICEF continues to provide assistance to millions of conflict-affected children in northeast Nigeria, despite yesterday’s attack on a humanitarian convoy.

“As a result of the attack, in which one UNICEF staff member was injured, travel by UN staff to high risk areas has been temporarily suspended.

“We are working at full strength in the Borno state capital Maiduguri.”

“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.

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The statement added that “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.

“Before the attack, security conditions had been improving in several areas. Our teams were finding people living on the brink of disaster,”

“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 also warned 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.”

The statement added that the group 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 substantially,” it concluded.

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