Malnutrition rates in Nigeria “horrifying”

20-month-old Ummi Mustafa and her mother, Maiduguri, Nigeria

20-month-old Ummi Mustafa and her mother, Maiduguri, Nigeria

IRIN continues to highlight the consequences of the Boko Haram insurgency in north-eastern Nigeria, warning the world of an impending humanitarian disaster.

The report states that 4.4 million people in three northeastern Nigerian states are at a “crisis” or worse level of food insecurity.

The French Relief Agency, Action Contre La Faim (Action Against Hunger), has warned that not just northeastern Nigeria alone is facing critical food shortages, but also Yemen, South Sudan and the Central African Republic. The agency says it “represented the worst humanitarian crisis and suffering since World War II.”

The ACLF head of communications, Elizabeth Wright, told IRIN: “We are seeing a horrifying prevalence of malnutrition that far exceeds emergency thresholds, and people are facing catastrophic levels of food insecurity.”

There is deepening concern for the wellbeing of places like Banki Town and Bama in Borno State, where Boko Haram still poses a threat, limiting access to humanitarian intervention.

You may access the full IRIN Report here

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