Network of Civil Society Organisation, NECSOB, has said that since the commencement of the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East seven years ago, it has claimed over 23,000 lives, while about 2.15 million have been internally displaced.
The Chairman/Executive Director of NECSOB in Borno, Ambassador Ahmed Shehu who stated this at the North East Humanitarian Submit held in Maiduguri yesterday said that the World Humanitarian day is designated by the United Nations (UN) general Assembly to celebrate the spirit of those brutally murdered by terrorists who attacked the UN headquarters in Bagdad, Iraq where 22 people were killed, including the UN envoy, Sergio Vieira De mello.
He said humanitarian submit is to guide and support a comprehensive and coordinated humanitarian effort that is in concert with the broader responds. The overall goal is to harness commitments, support and investment that is driven by the affected population to respond to humanitarian crisis and honour those who lost their lives in humanitarian services and those who continued to bring assistances and relief to millions.
“The present security challenges in Borno have left thousands of families without homes and loved ones. The Internall Displaced Persons, IDPs, are not well taken care of by both national and international actors, as they are over looked in all interventions and don’t exist in the framework and thematic areas of most interventions,” Ambassador Shehu reiterated.
He said the North-eastern part of Nigeria and Maiduguri in particular continues to face severe humanitarian crisis with Boko Haram insurgency and counter insurgency measures, resulting in death, insecurity, human right violations, exacerbating the plight of vulnerable civilians and triggering waves of forced displacement.
In his remarks, the UN OCHA deputy of Ofice, Mr. Simon Taylor said “we celebrate fallen heroes who died in offering humanitarian assistance and also profer solutions to humanitarian crisis which caiuses massive human suffering. Humanitarian workers should be able to accesses those who need assistance in times of humanitarian crisis.”
The representative of Borno State Governor, Alhaji Bulama Mali Gubio said “the crisis in Borno State is different from those in Afghanistan, Somalia and other parts of the world, as the Boko Haram terrorists not only kill people but they also destroy houses, mime, abduct, rape women and commit other heinous crimes beyond human imaginations.”
He appealed to international communities to assist in the reconstruction, rehabilitation and resettlement process, so that the IDPs will return to their various communities to pick up the pieces of their lives.

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