North-eastern Nigeria – 200 children per day may soon face death from starvation

Al Jazeera News reports that two hundred children could die each day from hunger in north-eastern Nigeria due to the ongoing conflict with Boko Haram.

The humanitarian agency, Save the Children, told the Qatar backed news agency that up to half of all children under five are “acutely malnourished”, following their screening of boys and girls between June and October 2016. The charity also warned that malnutrition rates may be higher in areas still in the grip of the Islamist group.  

“Children are presenting in desperate conditions and facing severe malnutrition, often in combination with other life-threatening illnesses like pneumonia, malaria and diarrhoea,” said Ben Foot, Save the Children country director.

Severe water shortages in the region are exacerbating the crisis.

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