United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, has said that the Japanese government has donated US$ 4.5 million as grant meant to assist children in the North-East region of Nigeria through the integrated life-saving emergency interventions, with special attention to populations trying to return to where they lived before they were forced to flee the violence.
This was contained in a press statement from UNICEF and sent to Nigerian Pilot Saturday recently.
UNICEF stated that the seven years of conflict in the region, especially in the states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, have caused massive human suffering, with children and women bearing the brunt of the difficulties.
“The conflict has triggered major population movements, with most recent estimates of people displaced by the conflict in the four most severely-affected states at over 1.7 million, more than half of whom are children.
“The people of Japan are strong supporters of UNICEF’s work to help children and women,” said Jean Gough, UNICEF Representative in Nigeria.
“This generous grant will help to make a tangible difference in the lives of children who have suffered so much. It will help them to recover physically and psychologically so that they can be children, can go to school and have a brighter future.”
From a similar grant last year from the government and people of Japan, UNICEF and its partners were able to boost primary health care services for people affected by the conflict in more than 100 health facilities in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States, UNICEF stated.

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