The Paris-based medical charity, Medicines San Frontieres, MSF has again raised the alarm over the humanitarian crisis in the North east of Nigeria, saying that thousands of children below the age of five are dying daily of starvation and disease.
About 9.2 million people, including women and children, are in critical conditions and in dire need of food and medical assistance in the Lake Chad Basin – Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon and Niger - as a result of the Boko Haram insurgency, the United Nations has reported.
The United Nations International Children's Education Fund, UNICEF, has said that an estimated 400,000 children under five of age are at risk of acute malnutrition in Northeastern Nigeria due to the ongoing Boko Haram crisis.
The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has denied incidences of “severe acute malnutrition” at Internally Displaced Persons, IDP, camps in the Northeast, as alleged by an International Humanitarian Non-Governmental Organsation, Medecin San Frontiers, MSF, also known as Doctors Without Borders.
Unless urgent steps are taken to address the alarming food shortages faced by internally displaced persons, IDPs, in Borno State, Nigeria may soon be faced with a humanitarian crisis that is worse than the Boko Haram violence that has claimed more than 20,000 lives, the international medical humanitarian organisation, Médecins Sans Frontières, MSF, has warned.