The International Committee of the Red Cross, ICRC, has said it budgeted 136 million Swiss francs (about $138 million) for humanitarian services in the Lake Chad Region in 2016.
ICRC President, Peter Maurer, made disclosure in a statement issued by ICRC Media Unit, Abuja Office on Monday.
He said that the organisation conducted “substantial humanitarian activities” throughout the region in the year.
He added that the organisation had delivered food to hundreds of thousands of displaced persons around the region.
“Over the first half of this year, the organisation delivered food to over 500,000 displaced people.
“Its overall budget allocated to the region in 2016 amounts to 136 million Swiss francs,” he said.
Mr. Maurer called on the international community to urgently address “the vast human tragedy” around the world, especially in the region.
He called for more sustained and long-term international efforts to address the massive needs in the four countries affected by violence in the Lake Chad area.
The ICRC president expressed concern at the deplorable condition of no fewer than 30,000 displaced people in Garin Wanzam village in Diffa Region in Niger, which he visited recently.
He said the displaced persons, who were dependent on humanitarian aids, were still fearful of returning home.
“The village of Garin Wanzam is just one example of the vast human tragedy playing out across the entire Lake Chad region, where some 2.6 million people have been driven from their homes.
“Over six million people are caught up in a daily struggle to put food on the table,” Mr. Maurer said.
He called on all parties involved in the regional conflict to protect and respect civilians, detainees and the wounded, based on their obligations under International Humanitarian Law.