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_West Africa Briefs_
Updates from UN Secretariat, New York
8 September, 2017
*Lake Chad Basin*
The new head of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Mark Lowcock, will travel to Niger and Nigeria from 9 to 12 September. The purpose of his visit is to raise the profile of the Lake Chad Basin crisis, which is affecting some 17 million people.
In both countries, Mr. Lowcock will meet with communities impacted by the conflict, as well as national authorities, humanitarian partners and the diplomatic corps. He will seek to mobilize additional support for humanitarian operations, with a focus on averting the risk of famine and reaffirming the centrality of protection in humanitarian action.
In Mali, yesterday the Under-Secretary-General for Field Support, Atul Khare, visited the two peacekeepers who were wounded in the attack against a UN Mission (MINUSMA) convoy earlier this week. He thanked them for their service to the cause of peace and wished them a swift recovery. The two injured peacekeepers are out of immediate danger.
In the next few days, the UN Mission will pay tribute to the peacekeepers who were killed in the attack.
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