The United Nations has reacted to the killing of over 30 civilians in Gamboru Ngala Local Government of Borno, North East Nigeria, saying it is another horrific reminder of the real threats of violence and insecurity that displaced people and others, impacted by more than 13 years of conflict in the region.
UN Spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric at news conference at UN headquarters in New York, said the Humanitarian Coordinator for the UN in Nigeria, Matthias Schmale, had strongly condemned what he described as the “shocking killings” of civilians in Borno, a region battling the twin problem of Boko Haram Islamist organization and banditry with thousands of people kidnapped, including school children.
“On Wednesday, more than 30 civilians were reportedly ambushed and killed in the village of Mukdolo. Several people were reportedly injured, and others are still missing.
“The victims were fishermen and farmers. They included both internally displaced people and host community members from the neighbouring Dikwa Local Government Area.
“Schmale said this attack is another horrific reminder of the real threats of violence and insecurity that displaced people and others, impacted by more than 13 years of conflict in the region, and they continue to face those challenges daily,’’ he said.
Briefing on Niger, Dujarric said the UN and its partners, together with the Government had launched a 583 million dollars humanitarian appeal to help 2.7 million people this year.
He said another appeal, calling for more than 400 million dollars, was also launched today to support the Government’s efforts to bolster food security for internally displaced people, host communities, refugees and flood-impacted people, among others.
“Over the past six years, the number of people who need humanitarian assistance in Niger has more than doubled – from 1.9 million people in 2017 to 4.3 million this year.
“Conflict and insecurity have increased chronic vulnerability, compounded by extreme weather conditions and poverty,’’ Dujarric said.