The Nigeria Red Cross has appealed for N480 million donations into an emergency fund to support intervention programmes for victims of insurgency in the Northeast.
The overall objective of the emergency appeal fund is to assist 150,000 beneficiaries – 50,000 persons in each of the three targeted states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe.
The insurgents have created serious humanitarian catastrophe in the region by the surge in its attacks against communities.
Mr Bello Diram, Secretary-General of Nigeria Red Cross Society, said at a news conference in Abuja on Friday that the fund will help to address the serious humanitarian disaster created by the insurgency in the Northeast.
“The Nigeria Red Cross has been fully involved in the management of internally displaced people from the communities to camps set up by the government. The Nigeria Red Cross will continue to address the identified needs of the affected population in the Northeast which includes food and non-food items, shelter, healthy water and sanitation, psychosocial support, livelihood support and restoring family links,” he said.
Diram said that nearly 12,500 people per local government area in each state would benefit from community-based emergency health, water, sanitation and hygiene promotion, psycho-social relief and livelihood support.
The secretary-general said the Nigeria Red Cross stands out as the only organisation that has unfettered access to almost everywhere in the Northeast.
Diram said relief materials and food items were distributed by Red Cross in collaboration with its partners, including about 960 metric tons of items to 51,000 people in Maiduguri and that the organisation would reach more people and communities if the resources were available.
Diram appealed to all Nigerians, international organisations within and outside Nigeria and the entire international community.