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UN Seeks Record $22.5 Billion For Humanitarian Aid For 2018

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Even though there’s no major war in the world, the works of the United Nations is still compounded by armed conflicts, terrorism and natural disasters hence the global organization is appealing for a record $22.5 billion to provide humanitarian aid to more than 90 million people in 2018.

The UN launched its annual aid drive on Friday asking donors around the world for a record-high amount of $22.5 billion (€18.9 billion) to pay for humanitarian aid in 2018.

UN agencies and other humanitarian organizations said the sum would help a targeted 90 million people that the world body considers “the most vulnerable.”

Nearly 136 million people are predicted to need aid in 26 countries in 2018, rising over 5 percent from last year’s estimate.

“More people than ever before will need our assistance,” UN humanitarian affairs chief Mark Lowcock said in a statement.

The chances that the UN and aid organizations will be able to raise the amount looked slim. Last year, donors fell short of the $22.2 billion requested last year for 2017, donating only $13 billion for aid.

Nations in need include Yemen, Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Ukraine, South Sudan and Nigeria. Nigeria is on the list because of the continued onslaught of Boko Haram terrorist on the north-east of the country.

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Akin Akingbala is an international journalist based in Lagos, Nigeria. Aside being happily married, he has interests in music, sports and loves traveling.

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