UK announces aid package for Nigeria
During a visit to Nigeria on 30 August, the UK foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, and international development secretary Priti Patel, announced a four-year aid package worth GBP 200 million to help northeastern Nigeria recover from the Boko Haram insurgency. This is less than they previously spent (GBP 100 million in 2017 alone) but the new package is intended to complement DFID’s current humanitarian programme. The UK also intends to help mobilise other development partners. According to the press release, the UK aims to: deliver food for more than 1.5 million people in need; treat up to 120 000 children at risk of dying from severe acute malnutrition; help keep 100 000 girls and boys in school and ensure safe humanitarian access. Beyond emergency relief, the new aid package also includes the restoration of key infrastructure and services in northeastern Nigeria. The UK government announced an additional GBP 7 million to fight human trafficking and modern slavery. Nigeria is the fourth largest source of human trafficking to the UK. Nearly 80% of girls arriving to Europe through irregular migration from Nigeria are potential victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation.