UN doubles humanitarian appeal for northeastern Nigeria to $1 billion

December 2, 2016 16:03

The United Nations has doubled its humanitarian funding appeal for northeastern Nigeria to $1 billion in 2017, in a bid to reach nearly seven million people hit by the Boko Haram insurgency, the UN said on Friday.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs sought $484 million in 2016, although it initially appealed for $248 million.The Islamic insurgency of Boko Haram has killed 15,000 people and displaced more than 2 million from their homes during a seven-year uprising.

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