Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson’s remarks to the high-level event on the humanitarian crisis in the Lake Chad Basin, “A turning point?”, in New York, today:
Thank you for being here today to sound the alarm for millions of people caught up in hunger, conflict and horrific human rights abuses in the Lake Chad Basin. This is one of the worst crises in today’s troubled world. Still regrettably, it has struggled for the world’s attention. This high-level event is a sign that we want to focus attention on the Lake Chad Basin.
Across the Lake Chad Basin, over 9 million