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Bono visits Nigeria camp to pledge help for displaced people

@U2, August 30, 2016
By: Fernanda Bottini

 

Over the weekend, Bono met Nigerian tycoon Aliko Dangote, Africa's richest man, to help 2.3 million displaced people in Borno. They visited a camp in Nigeria's northeast region to call the world's attention for the humanitarian crisis caused by war with Boko Haram. Bono and Dangote gave an interview to BBC showing what's going on there and how the aid is so important and yet it hasn't been enough. You can watch it here.

Bono also visited with Nigeria's Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, to discuss a global partnership through international advocacy.

But what we can do to help? First, you can join #MakeNaijaStronger by signing ONE Campaign's petition. It demands government's investments in lifesaving funds. By taking action we can save millions of lives, especially marginalized girls and women.

You can also support UNHCR - The United Nations Refugee Agency - sending a message to the world leaders that they must work together and do their share for refugees. Join Bono and ONE to help UNHCR to reach 1 million signatures by signing #WithRefugees petition.

"There are 50,000 children who are going to die if the UN doesn't get what they need. This is an extraordinary country, but you can see the people in the north-east struggling - they've had their country stolen from them," Bono said. "This is our next door neighbor and if their house catches on fire, our house catches on fire, it's just that simple."

Photo credit: Roopa Gogineni (ONE)

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