UN Security Council Plans Visit To Lake Chad Region

UN Security Council plans visit to Lake Chad region

UNITED NATIONS, United States, , (Pakistan Point News - APP - 13th Jan, 2017 ) : The UN Security Council is planning a visit in the coming weeks to Nigeria and two other countries affected by the Boko Haram insurgency which has sparked one of the world's biggest humanitarian crises. British Ambassador Matthew Rycroft said the 15 envoys are hoping to visit northeast Nigeria, Cameroon and Chad which along with Niger are facing growing hardship, with nearly 11 million people in need of food aid.

"Underneath that suffering is the threat of Boko Haram, so that is an international peace and security issue as well as a humanitarian crisis," Rycroft told reporters on Thursday. UN aid chief Stephen O'Brien told a council meeting that he welcomed plans for a visit, expected to take place some time in February or March. "What started as a protection crisis has become also a major food and nutrition crisis -- today one of the largest humanitarian crises in the world," O'Brien said.