Hunger could kill 200 Nigerian kids daily

Nigerian children dying of malnutrition

Nigerian children dying of malnutrition

from OKORO CHINEDU in Lagos, Nigeria
LAGOS, (CAJ News) – CHILDREN’S hospitals run by charity agencies in northeast Nigeria are exceeding their carrying capacity.

This could worsen following surveys 200 children could die per day because of malnutrition.

Up to half of all children in the region suffering the worst terror by the Islamic militant Boko Haram group are acutely malnourished and could be turned away as aid agencies struggle to cope.

The figure could be even worse in areas that are out of reach because of insecurity, the charity group Save the Children said as the hunger crisis threatens to overwhelm a desperately under-funded humanitarian response.

“Children are arriving here fighting for their lives,” Ben Foot, director of Save the Children Nigeria, said.

He said their intensive care unit was already over capacity and they had to move severely malnourished children to mattresses on the floor.

“Our medical staff are working around the clock but in the absence of new funding it won’t be long before we could be in the painful position of having to turn away sick and starving children.”

The Boko Haram has killed 20 000 and displaced 3 million in Nigeria and neighbouring countries.

An international medical agency in June reported it had discovered 480 graves of children suspected to have died of hunger at refugee camps in the northeastern Borno State.

– CAJ News

 

 

 

 

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