UN Security Council in Niger to witness 'scale of humanitarian crisis'

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Security Council representatives speak to journalists during the Council’s first ever visit to Niger. Photo: Amadou Djibo/UNDP

Members of the UN Security Council are in Niger to witness the scale of the humanitarian crisis in the country and to help find long-term solutions, the head of the delegation said.

Ambassador Matthew Rycroft, the president of the Council for the month of March, made the remarks during a briefing to the press in Niamey on Sunday.

It’s the Security Council’s very first visit to the West African nation.

Jocelyne Sambira has more.

Niger has been plagued by insecurity because of the activities of Boko Haram terrorists in the Lake Chad Basin region of West Africa.

The militant Islamist group started an insurgency eight years ago mainly contained in and around northern Nigeria.

The violence has now spread to Niger, Chad and Cameroon.

The Diffa region in south-east Niger has been severely affected because it shares a border with Nigeria.

The Security Council supports the efforts of Niger and its neighbours in the fight against Boko Haram, the UK Ambassador to the UN, Matthew Rycroft, said.

The Council delegation is on a mission to the Lake Chad Basin region to witness the scale of the humanitarian crisis there and to search for long-term solutions, he added.

Niger is also grappling with drought, desertification as well as a lack of jobs and schools for young people.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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