UN to cut food aid over Nigerian crisis

2017-04-15 21:55
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Johannesburg - Food aid will be cut for more than a million hungry Nigerians affected by Boko Haram's insurgency if promised funding from the international community doesn't arrive, according to a United Nations official.

Peter Lundberg, the deputy UN humanitarian co-ordinator in Nigeria, wrote in the French newspaper Le Monde that just 15% of the UN aid appeal for one of the world's worst humanitarian crises has been received. Over the next six months, $242m is needed to help 1.8 million people, he said.

"Without sufficient financing, the World Food Programme will have to reduce its vital support," he wrote Friday.

A half-million children in northeast Nigeria are suffering from severe malnutrition, Lundberg said. "Without treatment, one in five will die," he said.

Nigeria is part of what the UN has called the largest humanitarian crisis since the world body was founded in 1945, with more than 20 million people in four countries facing possible famine. The other nations are South Sudan, Somalia and Yemen.

Lundberg said the UN has appealed for $1bn in aid for Nigeria this year where an estimated 4.7 million people in the northeast are in urgent need of food aid.

Nigeria's military has been fighting to win back areas that have been under the control of the Boko Haram extremist group. The years-long Islamic insurgency in the vast northeast has disrupted both markets and farming, creating the hunger crisis.

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