Due to the Boko Haram terrorist insurgency that once took over Borno state, starvation has taken over the territory.
The United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has revealed that about a quarter of a million displaced children in Borno State are suffering from severe malnutrition.
Most people living in Borno, especially at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp and other areas formerly controlled by the Boko Haram terrorists, do so without water, food or good sanitation.
According to UNICEF, tens of thousands of these starved people may die if not urgently cared for. Meanwhile, last month, an international charity group, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), said that the condition of the IDP in Bama camp, where 24, 0000 are living, is a catastrophic humanitarian emergency.
Already, more than two hundred (200) refugees who fled Boko Haram attacks, have died out of starvation and dehydration. More, especially children are likely to die if the federal government, organisations and individuals do not intervene.
“Some 134 children on average will die every day from causes linked to acute malnutrition if the response is not scaled up quickly,” said UNICEF’s Regional Director for Western and Central Africa, Manuel Fontaine. We need all partners and donors to step forward to prevent any more children from dying. No-one can take on a crisis of this scale alone.”
Meanwhile, on Monday, July 25, the Nigerian Army boasted that the Boko Haram sect, which has killed about 20,000 people and left over two million displaced, has been completely defeated. Although there has not been any recent report of new attacks, the aftermath of Boko Haram previous attacks still tells heavily on the nation.