UN seeks aid, says 4.5m people starving in north-east

 By Wahab Akanji, Abuja

 

Global agency, the United Nations has stated that no fewer than 4.5m risk starvation in the northeastern part of the country occasioned by insurgent activities of the Boko Haram sect.

 

Relying on new analysis by various UN agencies including the World Food Program reveals that this number continues to double, the global organization stated that the figure might double in the next few months.

 

“All indications point to an extremely grave situation,” said Abdou Dieng, the UN agency’s Regional Director for West Africa.

 

“As the rains set in and the lean season deepens, and more areas are opened up to access humanitarian aid, the full scale of hunger and devastation is likely to come to light,” he added.

 

According to the new analysis, the number of people struggling with severe food insecurity in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, has risen fourfold since March to exceed one million.

 

It is also estimated that at least 65,000 newly liberated people in inaccessible areas in Borno and Yobe are facing “famine-like” conditions.

 

While some Internally Displaced People are returning to their rural homes, they find them uninhabitable. Therefore, they’re forced to stay in urban areas, again as IDPs.

 

These families have to beg, get in debts or skip meals to survive. Many now eat only once a day.

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