Maiduguri, Nige­ria

The Week Middle East - - News -

Hunger warn­ing: In­ter­na­tional aid agen­cies have warned that thou­sands of chil­dren in north­ern Nige­ria are at im­mi­nent risk of star­va­tion as a re­sult of the on­go­ing con­flict in the re­gion. Re­cent screen­ings by Save the Chil­dren found that in some ar­eas, 40%-50% of chil­dren un­der five are acutely mal­nour­ished; and the fig­ure is likely to be higher in ar­eas that are still inac­ces­si­ble ow­ing to Boko Haram’s in­sur­gency. The ter­ror­ists have laid waste to vast swathes of the north­east since tak­ing up arms in 2009, dis­plac­ing mil­lions. This week, Peter Lund­berg, the UN’s hu­man­i­tar­ian co­or­di­na­tor for the re­gion, warned that the cri­sis was un­fold­ing “at high speed”, and that un­less more help comes soon, 75,000 chil­dren could die in the next few months.

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