Japan to provide US$24 million in humanitarian assistance to Sahel refugees

Deteriorating security in the Sahel region has led to a rise in the number of refugees and internally displaced persons. Therefore, Japan has announced that it will provide US$24 million in humanitarian assistance to the Sahel region: Chad, Burkina Faso, Niger, and Mali. Japan will allocate US$12 million to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and US$12 million to the World Food Programme (WFP).

The distribution of assistance by country is as follows:

  • Chad (US$4.2 million)
    • Provide shelters, blankets, tents and more to 11,000 people to improve living conditions.
  • Burkina Faso (US$8 million)
    • Provide shelters, blankets, tents and more to 14,000 people to improve living conditions; and
    • Provide food to 177,000 people to improve nutritional status.
  • Niger (US$7 million)
    • Provide protection for 157,000 vulnerable people, including victims of sexual violence and children;
    • Provide water, sanitation and health services to 156,000 people to improve living conditions; and
    • Provide food to 37,000 people to improve nutritional status.
  • Mali (US$5 million)
    • Provide educational opportunities to 1,500 children and conduct training for 30 teachers;
    • Provide protection for  66,000 people, including victims of sexual violence and those in need of legal assistance; and
    • Provide food to 97,000 people to improve nutritional status.

Press release – Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in Japanese)

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