Lagos - Children are dying of malnutrition as
more than 9 million people urgently need aid in the Lake Chad region in the
wake of the Boko Haram terror.
This is according to the International Committee of the Red
Cross (ICRC) as the Islamic militant sect continues its reign of terror.
More than 2,4 million people have fled their homes in
Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria because of the conflict between government
forces and the armed terrorists, which has lasted six years.
The situation is now deteriorating further, especially in
north-eastern Nigeria, and the ICRC is scaling up its humanitarian activities
throughout the region.
“There is a critical shortage of food. We can barely imagine
the scale of hunger in some areas where humanitarian aid has not yet reached.
Children are suffering especially. Not a day goes by without a child dying of
malnutrition,” said the ICRC’s Director of Operations, Dominik Stillhart.
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A string of attacks in Niger’s Diffa region during the last
few days has led to around 50 000 people fleeing their homes.
In north-eastern Nigeria, hundreds of displaced people are
still arriving at different locations in search of shelter and food.
Since the beginning of the year, the ICRC and the local Red
Cross Societies have distributed food to more than 300 000 displaced people and
returnees in Nigeria, Cameroon and Niger.
Up to 15 000 displaced people have received emergency
shelter in Adamawa and Borno State in Nigeria. With access to health-care limited,
ICRC surgical teams are supporting Diffa and Maiduguri hospitals.
More than 800 patients, most of them war wounded, have
received life-saving emergency treatment since January.
- CAJ News