WHO, WFP Ramping Up Aid To Ease Food, Health Crises In Boko Haram-Hit Northeast Nigeria

Quartz: WHO is stepping in to ease a food and health crisis in Nigeria’s camps for Boko Haram victims
“Over the past year, Nigeria has made gains in the fight against Boko Haram, regaining territory and rescuing abducted citizens. But evidence of the terrorist group’s ruthless reign in the country’s northeast remains. Camps for displaced people who fled their homes in fear of being killed are overpopulated and lacking in amenities and food. Last month, Nigeria declared a ‘nutritional emergency’ in Borno, the state with the highest number of displaced people…” (Kazeem, 8/24).

Reuters: Without aid, 49,000 children will die this year in northeast Nigeria — U.N.
“Nearly half a million children around Lake Chad face ‘severe acute malnutrition’ due to drought and a seven-year insurgency by Islamist militant group Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria, UNICEF said on Thursday…” (Cropley, 8/25).

U.N. News Centre: U.N. sounds alarm as 4.5 million people need food aid in Boko Haram-hit northeast Nigeria
“…[The World Food Programme (WFP)] is scaling up its response, aiming to reach over 700,000 people with food and cash assistance in the coming months. This will include specialized nutritious food for 150,000 children under age five. WFP requires $52 million to continue providing life-saving assistance until the end of the year in northeastern Nigeria…” (8/23).

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