United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund – UNICEF confirms the impending death risk of over 49, 000 Children in Borno State, Nigeria.
This they say is an after effect of Boko Haram’s reign of terror in the region.
Borno State of Nigeria has been a war torn zone for a long time, courtesy of Boko Haram insurgency.
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As the Nigerian government makes great impact in reducing the menace of the group in the northeast region of the country, another sensitive challenge comes up.
As a direct recipient of the social damage of Boko Haram, the children are suffering a great deal of malnutrition and starvation. Yet un-tackled issues like poor sanitation and shortage of food and water are threatening the lives and welfare of Borno State children.
Already the west African nation is nursing the estimated deaths of over 20,000 people and about 2 million and counting displaced citizens in the past 7 years of battling the Islamist extremist group.
According to UNICEF, the nutritious crisis of Borno State children is becoming much more evident as the region witnesses a rise in humanitarian aids.
There is a total of 244,000 children in Borno State who suffer severe acute malnutrition. The UN children agency says that about 49, 000 stand the risk of losing their lives. The agency confirmed this if sooner treatment does not take place. It says one in 5 of Borno State children will die of malnutrition if nothing is done.
“Some 134 children on average will die every day from causes linked to acute malnutrition if the response is not scaled up quickly.”
“We need all partners and donors to step forward to prevent any more children from dying. No-one can take on a crisis of this scale alone.”
“There are organisations on the ground doing great work, but none of us are able to work at the scale and quality that we need. We must all scale up.”– Manuel Fontaine, Unicef’s Regional Director for Western and Central Africa.