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20 Sep 2016
Terrorism has been described as the “threat of the century” for Africa by the President of Chad speaking at the United Nations in New York.
Extremists including those belonging to the Boko Haram terrorist group have destabilized much of the Lake Chad Basin triggering a humanitarian crisis.
Daniel Dickinson reports from UN Headquarters.
The UN says there are more than nine million people across the Lake Chad region who need humanitarian assistance.
Almost one in three people suffer from “moderate to severe” food insecurity in areas impacted by Boko Haram violence.
Addressing world leaders in his speech to the United Nations General Assembly, President Idriss Deby said terrorism could spread across Africa.
He spoke through an interpreter.
“Africa today is bearing the full brunt of terrorism, the threat of the century. Somalia, Libya, Mali, the Lake Chad Basin, the Sahel as a whole are seriously destabilized and the danger is threating to spread throughout the entire continent.”
The UN continues to provide aid to Chad.
Last week, the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien approved the allocation of US$10 million from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to bolster humanitarian operations there.
Daniel Dickinson, United Nations