Seven years of war waged by Boko Haram in northern Nigeria has left 5 million people “in urgent need of food assistance” and 250,000 children severely malnourished, the International Rescue Committee announced this week.
As aid workers reached areas in recent months that had been inaccessible for years due to the presence of Boko Haram fighters, they have scaled up their efforts in light of the suffering they’ve encountered.
“What is most upsetting is that this looming famine is entirely man-made,” said Sarah Ndikumana, the organization’s country director in Nigeria. “We are seeing countless children under 5 on the verge of death because they were given no other option than to be caught in the middle of this war.” – READ MORE
Boko Haram left an estimated 5 million people in Nigeria on the brink of famine
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