Thursday, 21 April 2016

Boko Haram-Afflicted Countries to Receive $40 Million from U.S.

The four African countries bordering Lake Chad currently combating the Nigeria-based jihadist group Boko Haram will receive $40 million in humanitarian assistance from the United States, according to Samantha Power, the American ambassador to the United Nations.

Reuters report, “The money was to help about seven million people affected by the insurgent group that has killed around 15,000 people.”

The $40 million will bring total U.S. aid to the region, since 2014, to $237 million, noted Power who was in the capital of Cameroon where she met the country’s president, Paul Biya.

After meeting with President Biya, Power told reporters: 
I underscored to these leaders that the United States is committed to partnering with Cameroon to defeat Boko Haram. Defeating Boko Haram and neutralizing its impact so that civilians feel safe requires work on multiple fronts, and we are working on multiple fronts here in Cameroon and also in the broader Lake Chad Basin region. We are training and equipping regional militaries and we are sharing intelligence with those forces to strengthen the region’s capacity to mount a coordinated fight against Boko Haram. The United States will stand with Cameroon until Boko Haram is vanquished.

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