21 April 2016
The sum of $40 million has been pledged by the United States to countries bordering Lake Chad that has been involved in fighting the Islamist militant sect, Boko Haram.
On behalf of the United States, the ambassador, Samantha Power, said the money is pledged to help distressed people in numbers totaling about seven million, who have been affected by the insurgency that has killed about 15,000 people in its operations.
During a visit to the capital of Cameroon, Yaoundé. She met with the President, Paul Biya and attended a tusk burning ceremony that was symbolic of an end to elephant poaching. The trips included visits to Chad and Nigeria.
In here meeting with Biya, she stated, “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 also stated that a respect for human rights, good governance, economic development and a focus on civil society were essential components of the campaign. She has scheduled visits to 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.