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Pittella over Nigeria: 'Internationale steun is nodig om de dramatische humanitaire situatie het hoofd te bieden'

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o-GIANNI-PITTELLA-facebookOndanks bemoedigende inspanningen van de nieuw gekozen regering van Nigeria wordt de humanitaire crisis in het noorden van het land steeds zorgwekkender. De aanvallen van Boko Haram op burgers gaan door terwijl het leger acties onderneemt om de terroristische groepering te bestrijden. Meer dan 1.5 miljoen mensen zijn ontheemd en 4 miljoen mensen kampen met acute honger, terwijl 200,000 mensen de afgelopen twee jaar hun toevlucht zochten in toch al kwetsbare buurlanden.  

Gianni Pitella (afgebeeld), president of the Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament, said:   “Radical extremism is a global threat, which requires a global solution. Boko Haram is not a Nigerian or an African problem, this is our problem too. While the government of Nigeria remains primarily responsible for fighting Boko Haram and for providing humanitarian assistance to those suffering in the country, they need much more international support in this.

“The S&D Group is going to organize an Africa Week in the European Parliament in December this year. I have proposed to EP President Martin Schulz to invite the newly elected President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, to address Parliament’s plenary session during that week.”

S&D Vice President Enrique Guerrero Salom, rapporteur on humanitarian aid, said: “The priority right now must be to provide the assistance to the population and plan the return of the displaced people. Of course, this is the main responsibility of the government but we must stand by the efforts demonstrated and commit to more support. We welcome the additional pledge of funding of €21 million of by Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Christos Stylianides, following his recent visit to the region.

“We should not forget either that this crisis requires a regional solution involving all other countries concerned, in particular Cameroon, Chad and Niger.”

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