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EU releases €138m aid to Lake Chad nations


Lake Chad

The European Union (EU) has announced the release of €138 million to fund vulnerable communities in the Lake Chad, including Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon.

In a statement yesterday in Abuja, EU said the funds would address humanitarian and development crises in Africa’s Lake Chad basin, which is affecting parts of Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon.

The global body noted that the crises continues to worsen due to prolonged violence, insecurity and environmental degradation.

“To help the most vulnerable communities, the commission has today announced new funding of €138 million combining humanitarian and development assistance. This is part of an overall EU aid package for the region worth €232 million,” the statement read.

Speaking yesterday at the high level conference on the Lake Chad in Berlin, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides said: “The disastrous effects of armed conflict and violence in the Lake Chad basin have had a serious impact in an area already plagued by poverty and the extreme effects of climate change”.

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