Members of the UN Security Council are visiting the Lake Chad Basin to “shine a spotlight” on the ongoing humanitarian challenges in the region, the Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the UN has said.
Ambassador Matthew Rycroft made the remarks in Chad, one of the four West African countries affected by the security and food crises in the region.
According to UN estimates, about 17 million people are living in the most affected areas across Niger, Chad, Cameroon and north-east Nigeria.
Jocelyne Sambira reports.
The United Kingdom holds the Security Council’s rotating presidency for the month of March and is leading the visit.
It’s the Council’s first mission to the Lake Chad Basin region in West Africa.
Speaking from the Chadian capital N’Djamena, the UK Ambassador to the UN, Matthew Rycroft, explained why.
“The reason we have come here is because we don’t want this to be the world’s neglected crisis anymore. So in a small way we want to try and end that neglect and try to shine a spotlight, understand better for ourselves what is happening here and go back to New York, some point in a few days time, full of deep understanding and a clearer conviction about what needs to be done.”
On Friday, the delegation met with Cameroon’s President Paul Biya, senior government officials, refugees and people displaced by Boko Haram terrorists and the forces tracking them.
The delegation heads to Niger later on Saturday, and is scheduled to continue on to Nigeria on Sunday.
Source: United Nations Radio