The Daystar Christian Centre Lagos, has given money to the UNHCR team at a brief ceremony on Tuesday. The church gave N10 million (£21,122) to support victims of conflicts in Africa.

Mr Jose Antonio-Canhandula, UNHCR’s Nigerian representative was quoted as saying during the service that the donation would be used to provide life-saving emergency assistance to families forced to flee their homes. He also said he hoped the church’s contribution would encourage other churches and organisations to help people fleeing conflict.

The church’s senior pastor, Sam Adeyemi, explained why the church decided to donate the money.” Homelessness has no religion. When people flee their homes and leave everything they own behind, their needs become critical and their coping mechanisms compromised,” he said.

“Without help, they cannot access shelter, or even cooking utensils – let alone education and healthcare. Some arrive with severe trauma after facing unimaginable ordeals before and during flight. We at Daystar are happy to support UNHCR’s work on the ground to provide emergency relief and support to our forcibly displaced brothers and sisters.”