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DONORS PLEDGE $2.52BN TO FIGHT BOKO HARAM SECT.

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The international donor conference on Boko Haram holding in Berlin on Monday pledged $2.52 billion to help countries in the Lake Chad Basin to fight Boko Haram.

The German foreign ministry said the aid would be disbursed “in the coming years” to Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon, where the jihadist group launches frequent suicide bomb attacks from its bases in Lake Chad.

The conference, holding on Monday and Tuesday and being attended by more than 70 states, international organisations and non-governmental organisations, raised $672 million in 2017.

Mark Lowcock, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator and Head, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, thanked donors for their generous donations.

Lowcock said: “Your contribution at the Lake Chad Berlin conference will help us deliver life-saving humanitarian assistance throughout the Lake Chad Basin. This support is crucial to ensuring that life-saving assistance reaches all those in need”.

The conference, which focused on humanitarian assistance, civilian protection, crisis prevention and stabilisation for the region, had sought to raise $1.56 billion while Lowcock had projected more than one billion dollars.

However, the donations and pledges by countries monitored by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) were as follows: Germany, the host country – 265 million Euros; and Norway – $125 million.

The others were U.S. – $420 million; Switzerland – $20 million; France – 13

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