Red cross gifts 5,000 households with N30,000 cash

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30,000 people in 5,000 households have gotten cash awards from the Nigerian Red Cross Society (NRCS) as part of its Hunger Crisis Appeal Project.

The beneficiaries are reportedly facing acute hunger in the North-west and North-central regions of the federation.

The intervention, which is in collaboration with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), has concluded the second round of cash distribution in seven states: Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara, Katsina, Niger, Nasarawa and Benue.

According to a press statement by the society, it planned to reach 200,000 more people who are in dire need of humanitarian support and facing food insecurity due to a combination of climate change, conflicts and COVID-19.

Speaking on the intervention, the secretary-general of NRCS, Abubakar Kende, said: “The situation is critical and is one that needs immediate attention. Millions are being affected, particularly women, the elderly, and vulnerable children.

“A good number of them are now in a situation where they do not know where their next meal will come from, and this is something that concerns us greatly.

“We are grateful to our funding partners; the American Red Cross, British Red Cross, Canadian Red Cross, Japanese Red Cross and Netherlands Red Cross, who have gone ahead to provide the needed resources to reach the most vulnerable people in 7 states. However, more support is still required as the funding gap is still huge vis-à-vis the needs.”

The NRCS also stated that it is taking action to fight hunger in the selected northern regions specifically because the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (UNFAO) estimated that about 19.4 million people in the regions will be facing acute hunger between June and August 2022.

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