20% of Children in Northeastern Nigeria to die this year mainly due to food crises

20% of Children in Northeastern Nigeria to die this year mainly due to food crises

The Nigeria’s representative of the United Nations Children’s Fund, (UNICEF) Jean Gough has said that one in five children in the North East of Nigeria will die because of inability to access some of the community and inadequate assistance for those being reached.

Gough said: “We estimate that there will be almost a quarter of a million children under five suffering from severe acute malnutrition in Borno this year. Unless we reach these children with treatment, one in five of them will die. We cannot allow that to happen.”

In a related development and worried by the high levels of severe malnutrition and desperate conditions in most Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in north-east Nigeria, United Nations (U.N.) agencies and partners have stepped up assistance even as they canvassed more action and humanitarian assistance.

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