Saturday, 27 August 2016

14 lakh Children at Risk from Boko Haram

Posted by Anup Baral August 27th, 2016 : The United Nations is warning that the next threat from the battle against Boko Haram is malnutrition. The agency says more than 9-point-2 million people are facing food shortages in the wider Lake Chad region, where the militants have attacked thousands of villages. Aid groups are calling for assistance to ease the situation. But there are shortfalls in international funding and concerns about the abilities of local authorities to cope.
The UN has warned that some 50,000 children under the age of five could starve to death in Nigeria’s Borno state this year. The military is flushing out Boko Haram and it’s only now that aid agencies are becoming able to reach places once occupied by the Islamists. They say lack of food among those who stayed -- and even those who fled -- risks causing a "catastrophic humanitarian emergency".

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