Borno - The ongoing conflict with Boko Haram in West Africa has pushed the number of people facing the threat of severe hunger to more than 6 million according to the latest assessments, humanitarian organizations disclosed.
Over 65 000 people are already living in famine in pockets of northeast Nigeria, and over one million people are one step away from famine. In the countries of Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon there are 6.3 million people severely food insecure.
Of these 4.4 million people are in Nigeria.
The figures were disclosed as governments and donors met to talk about the humanitarian crisis in the Lake Chad Basin region at the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Friday.
Among the organizations that have raised concern at the crisis include Action Against Hunger, Action Aid, Christian Aid, Cooperazione International, Catholic Relief Services, Danish Refugee Council, International Medical Corps and Intersos.
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Others are International Rescue Committee, Mercy Corps, Norweigan Refugee Council, Oxfam, Plan, Premiere Urgence International and Save The Children.
The organizations are looking for over US$143 million until the end of the year to provide life saving support such as food, water, shelter and safety, but are struggling to secure the funding and scale up their activities.
The revised UN appeal is calling for US$559 million until the end of the year to meet the emergency needs caused by the crisis. Organizations say that without more money they are unable to reach the most vulnerable people even in areas that can be accessed.
“What we are seeing is families teetering on the edge of famine. If organizations can’t reach communities in areas trapped by the conflict, we will be looking at a far greater disaster than we are currently facing,” said Yannick Pouchalan, Action Against Hunger’s Country Director for Nigeria.
- CAJ News