The United Nations is seriously warning that Nigeria is on the verge of a famine that is worse than any ever experienced in the world.
This is according to a report by Sky News attributed to UN’s assistant Secretary-General, Toby Lanzer where he said that currently about a quarter of a million children in the north-eastern part of Nigeria are severely malnourished just as millions of other children are supposedly starving in refugee camps ‘that are too dangerous for aid agencies to reach.’
Nigeria is already economically struggling – it is in a recession for the first time in more than a decade, inflation is at an 11-year high and oil, which makes up 70 percent of the government’s revenue, is still sufferingfrom a slump.
For the country’s north eastern region, however, things are made worse by Islamic militants Boko Haram, who have disrupted trade and farming in the region and are also hostile to western medicine.
We will see, I think, a famine unlike any we have ever seen anywhere if nothing urgent was done. There are around a million people in Maiduguri’s camps – most of them fleeing the reach of the terrorist group– and many of them are also struggling with hunger.