Friday, September 30, 2016

A Nigerian food crisis

Famine-like conditions in the former stronghold of Boko Haram militants in northeast Nigeria could kill 75,000 children over the next year if they do not receive aid, the UN children’s agency said on Thursday. “The 75,000 is from the three states - Borno, Yobe and Adamawa,” said UNICEF spokesman Patrick Rose. The agency has said 400,000 children aged under five would suffer from severe acute malnutrition in those states, and more than four million people faced severe food shortages in the region. UNICEF also said it had increased the sum sought in its humanitarian appeal to help malnourished children in the region, to $115 million - more than double the previous amount of $55 million. 

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