Boko Haram leaves kids at risk of death

Refugee malnourishmentFrom EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – ABOUT 800 000 children aged under five are malnourished and at risk of death as the insurgency by Nigeria’s Boko Haram terror group escalates.
The violence has spread to the neighbouring countries including Cameroon, Chad and Niger.
In Nigeria, 450 000 are malnourished while Niger faces a similar crisis with 247 500 minors malnourished.
Cameroon and Chad have 63 000 in Cameroon and 22 000 children undernourished.
“Lack of sufficient humanitarian funding is putting young children’s lives at risk,” warned the secretary general of the Norwegian Refugee Council, Jan Egeland.
Six months after world leaders met to commit support to the crisis in the Lake Chad region, 57 percent of the US$2,2 billion (R27 billion) needed to meet the most basic humanitarian needs in 2017 are still lacking.
Egeland said inadequate funding was currently hampering humanitarian groups’ ability to deliver timely and life-saving assistance to people in need.
“Before this is put in place, there will be no hope and stability in the region.”
Boko Haram’s violence has spread from northern Nigeria to neighbouring countries.
It has cost thousands of people’s lives, forced millions to flee their homes and hampered people’s ability to cultivate their land, resulting in a food crisis.
In Nigeria 5,2 million people now remain food insecure.
Large areas remain inaccessible for humanitarian organisations.
CAJ News

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