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Canada gives Nigeria, others $119m to mitigate famine

The Canadian government is to provide $119.25 million as funds in response to the humanitarian crises caused by drought and famine in northeast Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia and Yemen.Ms Brittany Venhola-Fletcher, Spokesperson, Media Relations, Global Affairs Canada said in Abuja on Saturday that the funding would be used to mitigate the effects of famine which put over 51 million people at risk in six countries.

Global Affairs Canada manages the country’s diplomatic and consular relations, promotes its international trade and leads Canada’s international development and humanitarian assistance.

The announcement, it stated, was made by Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Mr Ahmed Hussen, on behalf of the Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, Marie-Claude Bibeau.

$27.35 million of the fund would be made available to Nigeria.

It is estimated that in the three most impacted states of the northeast (Nigeria), 8.5 million people will require humanitarian assistance in 2017, of which 5.1 million are severely food insecure.

Out of the fund, $21 million would go to Somalia, $36.9 million to South Sudan and $34 million to Yemen.

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