The United Nations has launched a global humanitarian appeal of 25 billion dollars to provide support to no less than 93 million people in need of humanitarian assistance in Nigeria and other countries in 2019.
Speaking at the launch of a major annual analysis of global humanitarian needs in Geneva, Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock said that 132 million people would need assistance next year.
He said conflict had pushed tens of millions of people into a situation where they were in urgent need of help, adding that the appeal for funds could top 25 billion dollars to support life-saving aid projects in over 40 countries next year.
Of that number, the UN and its partner organisations aim to support 93.6 million, noting that while conflict was the main cause, climate-related risks such as drought and tropical storms were also significant contributors to the number of people in crisis.
Lowcock said one person in 70 around the world is caught up in crisis and urgently needs humanitarian help or protection.