To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what additional funding her Department is providing to mitigate the refugee situation in northern Nigeria and surrounding areas.
The UK has provided £1 million to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Nigeria to deliver food, safe water, clothes, shelter material and other basic necessities to those people displaced following attacks by Boko Haram. A further £1 million of UK funding is committed to the Nigerian Government’s “Safe Schools Initiative” to help protect children at school in North East Nigeria and provide schooling to children displaced by the violence. The UK has also contributed £1.7 million to the UN’s and EU’s relief efforts in Nigeria.
In addition, the UK is providing humanitarian support across the Sahel region – including £8m in Niger and £5.5m in Chad - to in part help those countries address the refugee caseload from Nigeria.