US pledges $40m in assistance to countries fighting Boko Haram
The United States has pledged $40 million in humanitarian assistance to countries bordering Lake Chad, fighting Islamist militant group Boko Haram.
The U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power,on Tuesday said the money is to help about seven million people affected by the insurgent group that has killed around 15,000 people.
Power was in the capital of Cameroon, Yaounde, and met President Paul Biya and attended a ceremony to burn 2,000 tusks in a bid to end elephant poaching. The trip includes visits to Chad and Nigeria.
“We discussed the monstrous threat posed by Boko Haram and we agreed, and he was very forceful on this point, that the military response alone could not succeed in defeating Boko Haram in the long-term,” she said of her meeting with Biya.
Power has been scheduled to visit the region’s Multinational Joint Task Force, which is staffed with troops from Cameroon, Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Benin.
Power also called for financial support from the international community to aid the development of areas battered by Boko Haram.