Norway, Germany Give $394M to Africa 02/24 06:10
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- Norway and Germany told an international donor
conference Friday they are jointly giving 373 million euros to prevent a famine
in the African countries around the Lake Chad Basin.
Norwegian Foreign Minister Brende who announced the Scandinavian country was
giving 1.6 billion kroner ($192 million) over a three-year period, said there
is "a serious humanitarian situation" in the region encompassing Nigeria,
Cameroon, Chad and Niger.
"There is urgent need to stop the crisis unfolding in an area with 26
million people, "Brende said in Oslo, the Norwegian capital.
His German counterpart Sigmar Gabriel said Germany added 120 million euros
($127 million) while opening a one-day international donor conference to help
secure funds to prevent a famine in the African region where about 11 million
people have an acute need for relief.
The United Nations has launched a more than $1 billion appeal for Nigeria
and the Lake Chad region that are enduring the worst humanitarian crisis in
"Twenty-six million people have been affected by Boko Haram and we must
address the root causes," Nigeria's Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama said,
speaking about the extremist group that remains a serious threat to regional
In Nigeria, a seven-year uprising by the Islamic extremist group has killed
more than 20,000 people, driven 2.6 million from their homes and shocked the
world with the abduction of nearly 300 schoolgirls