US $1.5 billion needed to save lives in Lake Chad region: UN relief chief

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People living in the Melia IDP camp, Lake Chad, receiving WFP food. Most of the displaced come from the Lake Chad islands, that have been abandoned because of insecurity. Photo: WFP/Marco Frattini

US $1.5 billion is  urgently needed to deliver humanitarian aid to people living in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region, the UN relief chief has said.

Under-Secretary General (USG) and Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O'Brien made the appeal ahead of the Oslo Humanitarian Conference which opens on Friday.

Extremists, including those belonging to the Boko Haram terrorist group, have destabilized much of the Lake Chad Basin, triggering a humanitarian crisis.

Mr O'Brien has been speaking to Jocelyne Sambira about how chronic poverty, a changing climate and violent conflict have been affecting the region.

He began by explaining what "Lake Chad Basin" means and why it's on the "brink of catastrophe".

Duration: 5’41”

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