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The European Union announced that a €143 million support package would be provided to Nigeria for recovery and reconstruction needs in the North Eastern part of Nigeria.

Nigeria is one of four countries across the globe experiencing or at risk of famine this year, along with Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen. The support package is also in view of the damage caused by Boko Haram in the region.

Over the last three years more than 20,000 people have been killed by the radical group in their campaign to establish a mediaeval caliphate in the Lake Chad basin. Over 2.7 million people have been displaced to the crisis which has created a humanitarian emergency.

Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica said that the support package of €143 million committed on top of other assistance, will assist approximately 1.3 million internally displaced people and affected communities in and around Borno State.

The €143 million  consists of development aid of €123 million from the Nigeria 11th European Development Fund National Indicative Programme and €20 million from the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa. It comes in addition to the previously announced €81.5 million in humanitarian funding.

This brings total EU support for the crisis in Nigeria’s Borno state to €224.5 million for 2017, following earlier announcements of €81.5 million in humanitarian aid.

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