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400K Children Face Severe Acute Malnutrition In Northeast Nigeria, UNICEF Says; One-Third Of Health Facilities In Region Destroyed, WHO Says

Associated Press: UNICEF: 80,000 children will starve to death in Nigeria
“Nearly a half million children will face starvation in northeastern Nigeria next year and 80,000 will die if they don’t get treatment in the humanitarian crisis created by Boko Haram’s Islamic uprising, the U.N. children’s agency warned Tuesday…” (Faul, 12/13).

Reuters: A third of health facilities in Nigeria’s insurgency-hit Borno state destroyed: WHO
“A third of 743 health facilities have been destroyed in northeast Nigeria’s Borno state, the area worst hit in a seven-year insurgency by Islamist Boko Haram militants, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday…” (Akwagyiram, 12/14).

U.N. News Centre: Northeast Nigeria: 400,000 children could suffer from malnutrition — U.N.
“With about two-thirds of health facilities in parts of Nigeria’s restive northeast region either completely destroyed or partially damaged, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has estimated that 400,000 children there could suffer from severe acute malnutrition over the next year. ‘If they do not receive the treatment they need, one in five of these children will die. Cases of diarrhea, malaria, and pneumonia are on the rise, further endangering children’s lives,’ said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake in a statement [Wednesday]…” (12/14).

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