U.S. Announces Additional $30m Aid For North East

Boko Haram Terrorists Attack Sasawa Town In Yobe State The United States has announced an additional $30m as humanitarian aid for the people of the North East.

The US Embassy said in statement on Friday that the additional funding would bring the total U.S. humanitarian contribution in Nigeria to more than $298m since October 2015.

The funding, according to it, is in response to dire humanitarian crisis in the North East as a result of years of brutality by Boko Haram and other militant groups.

“This new funding will support the UN World Food Programme in Nigeria, which is providing critical food assistance, nutrition support, and vouchers that can be used to buy food where local markets are functional,” the statement read in part.

“This assistance is also helping communities return to their agricultural livelihoods where security allows.”

According to the U.S., humanitarian efforts are vital in the North East where approximately 8.5 million people require assistance, including 5.2 million people who need emergency food assistance, and more than 1.7 million people who are displaced.

It restated its commitment to working with the Government of Nigeria and other donors to provide humanitarian assistance to avert famine and support vulnerable communities.

Kerry To Hold Talks In Ukraine

kerryAs fighting intensifies in Ukraine, the Unites States Secretary of State, John Kerry, is expected to arrive in the country to hold talks with President Petro Poroshenkom, and his Prime Minister, Arseniy Yatseniuk.

A superior source said that Kerry would offer U.S. support for efforts by Ukraine to negotiate a new ceasefire.

The issue of weapon deliveries to Ukraine and other U.S. assistance is expected to be one of the main items on the agenda.

Kerry also intends to provide an additional $16.4 billion in humanitarian aid to help civilians in eastern Ukraine, U.S. officials said.

Earlier, Ashton Carter, the White House’s choice for Defence Secretary, said that he was “inclined” to start supplying arms.

The U.S. has so far only provided “non-lethal” assistance to Ukraine.

Meanwhile, NATO is set to unveil what the bloc’s chief says are “the biggest reinforcement” of its “collective defense since the end of the cold war”.

However, Russia denies accusations by Ukraine and the west that it is arming the rebels in Eastern Ukraine and sending its regular troops across the border.