Misery as terrorists expose kids to hunger

malnutrition 2From AHMED OBAFEMI in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – MORE than 80 000 children will die from severe acute malnutrition in the next year if they do not receive treatment in
terror-prone northeastern Nigeria, United Nations agencies warned.
The disturbing figures represent 1 in 5 minors that are at risk because of the worsening terror by the Islamic militant sect that has killed 20 000
and displaced 3 million civilians.
In Borno, where the fighting has been most brutal, 75% of the water and sanitation infrastructure and 30% of all health facilities have been
destroyed, looted or damaged.
“These figures represent only a fraction of the suffering. The impact on children is devastating,” said Anthony Lake, UN Children’s Fund executive
director.
He expressed concern at the children trapped in areas aid agencies have failed to access as they have been taken over by Boko Haram.
Lake said without adequate resources and safe access, agencies would be unable to reach children at imminent risk.
“What is already a crisis can become a catastrophe.”
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