75,000 children at risk of death from hunger in Nigeria


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About 75,000 children in Nigeria’s northeast may die of malnutrition and starvation over the next few months unless they receive urgent humanitarian aid, a UN agency has said.

The children are part of seven million persons in need of humanitarian assistance in the region that has been ravaged by over six years of insurgency.

Giving the figure on Tuesday, the Acting Humanitarian Coordinator of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Peter Lundberg, said the seven million persons were part of the 14.8 million people affected by Boko Haram activities in the region.

Lundberg told reporters that 400,000 out of this seven million were children, with 75,000 in critical condition, arising from grossly inadequate funding for humanitarian aid, especially food supply needs which he puts at $5.1 million.

Only about 4.7 million persons are targeted for aid in 2016.

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