Wednesday, September 7

4.5 million dying of starvation in Nigeria’s northeast – UN

4.5 million dying of starvation in Nigeria’s northeast – UN

United Nations on Tuesday said more than 4.5 million people are starving and in dire need of food aid in the Boko Haram plagued Northeast Nigeria.

Reports by various UN agencies including the World Food Program revealed that this figure continues to double.

“All indications point to an extremely grave situation,” said Abdou Dieng, the UN agency’s Regional Director for West Africa.

“As the rains set in and the lean season deepens, and more areas are opened up to access humanitarian aid, the full scale of hunger and devastation is likely to come to light,” he added.

According to reports, the number of people struggling with severe food shortage in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, has risen fourfold since March to exceed one million.

It is also estimated that at least 65,000 newly liberated people in inaccessible areas of Borno and Yobe are facing “famine-like” conditions.

While some Internally Displaced People (IDPs) are returning to their natural homes, they find them uninhabitable. Therefore, they’re forced to stay in urban areas, again as IDPs.

These families have to beg, get in debts or skip meals to survive. Many now eat only once a day.

Also, if the Nigeria’s economy continues to sink, this could push the number of people in need of food assistance in the northeast by another million by September.

WFP in another food assessment has warned of soaring prices in areas affected by the Boko Haram insurgency.

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