Ban calls for international aid for African communities attacked by Boko Haram

Cameroon military on the lookout for Boko Haram militants in the Far North Kolofata community, along the border with Nigeria. Photo: Monde Kingsley Nfor/IRIN

2 December 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General today called on the international community to provide urgent support for humanitarian aid to communities hit by the Nigerian-based Boko Haram, deploring its latest “appalling” attacks in Cameroon.

“The Secretary-General reaffirms his solidarity with the people of Cameroon and reiterates the United Nations support for the Government of Cameroon in its fight against terrorism, conducted in full respect of international human rights, humanitarian and refugee law,” a statement issued by his spokesman said of the attacks on Dabanga and Waza, which killed some 15 people and wounded many others.

“These are the latest in an appalling series of attacks by Boko Haram elements on the civilian population of the region,” it added.

“He calls on the international community to provide urgent support for humanitarian assistance and early recovery as a way to mitigate the impact on the affected populations. The Secretary-General encourages the Governments affected by Boko Haram to address the root causes of the insurgency in a holistic and integrated manner.”

He called on the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to hold the planned Summit of Heads of State and Government on countering the Boko Haram threat without further delay.

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