UN warns 49 000 kids dying of malnutrition linked to Boko Haram

2016-07-19 14:53
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)

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Lagos - The UN children's agency warns that about 49 000 children will die of malnutrition in areas once cut off by north-eastern Nigeria's Islamic extremist uprising if they don't get treatment.

Unicef is calling for charities and donors to respond quickly to avert a tragedy in Borno state, where nearly a quarter of a million children are severely malnourished.

Most of the children are in areas that had been inaccessible before a multinational force liberated them from Boko Haram extremists earlier this year.

The seven-year Boko Haram insurgency has killed more than 20 000 people in the region.

The Unicef statement on Tuesday says the agency has received less than half of the $55.5 million (R795 million) it appealed for earlier this year, and now the needs are even greater.

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