Boko Haram violence sparks 'children's crisis' - UN

2016-08-25 15:18
A doctor attends to a malnourished child at a refugee camp in Yola, Nigeria. (File, AP)

A doctor attends to a malnourished child at a refugee camp in Yola, Nigeria. (File, AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Dakar - Nearly half a million children in areas affected by Nigeria's Boko Haram insurgency could suffer from severe acute malnutrition this year, a figure that has more than doubled since the beginning of the year, the United Nations children's agency said on Thursday.

Years of conflict have aggravated malnutrition in a region that was already one of the poorest in the world. In Nigeria's north-eastern Borno state, 49 000 children "will die if they do not receive treatment," Unicef said in a report.

"The Lake Chad crisis is a children's crisis that should rank high on the global migration and displacement agenda," said Manuel Fontaine, Unicef Regional Director for West and Central Africa. "Humanitarian needs are outpacing the response, especially now that new areas previously unreachable in northeast Nigeria become accessible."

Boko Haram's seven-year insurgency has killed more than 20 000 people and displaced more than 2.6 million in Nigeria and neighbouring Cameroon, Niger and Chad, where the extremists have extended attacks in recent years.

An additional 2.2 million people, over half of them children, are feared to be trapped in areas under the control of Boko Haram, the UN said.

The agency said it has received just 13% of the $308m needed to help families affected by violence in the region.

The countries surrounding Lake Chad are all contributing to a multinational force to combat Boko Haram, making recent gains against the insurgents who pledged allegiance to ISIS group last year.

Read more on:    un  |  boko haram  |  nigeria  |  west africa  |  isis

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24


5 scientific benefits of owning a cat

According to science, just the act of watching cats itself can bring about positive emotions – so it comes as no surprise then, that owning a cat has a number of benefits.



Why we love cats
8 great natural remedies for your pet
How to clean your dog’s eyes
This special pooch inspired his brother to learn to stand again
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.