14 million people in the North East of Nigeria seized by terrorists from the Islamist militant group Boko Haram, in need of humanitarian assistance, without which 75 thousand children at risk of starving to death. This was announced at a press conference in the Nigerian capital of Abuja, Peter Lundberg, coordinator of the humanitarian programme of the UN for Nigeria, reports Reuters.
“If we don’t do something quickly and seriously, they will die in the next few months,” he said. According to him, in 2017, the crisis will affect 26 million people, 14 million of them will require international and national humanitarian aid.
As writes The Guardian, the UN hopes to help the seven million people – more than the population, for example, of Belgium; the other should take over the Nigerian government.
Lundberg said that the UN has enough money to prevent the crisis, and appealed to the international partners, the private sector and Nigerian patrons.
The capital of northeastern Borno state and birthplace of Boko Haram Maiduguri rose to two million people seeking refuge in camps for internally displaced persons, where at least 10 people a day die from hunger.
Despite the warning from the world food program – humanitarian organizations in the UN system, providing food aid for the poor, the UN – announced “third level” of risk is the most serious, is able to attract more attention and needed to Nigeria of funds.
The head of the analytical Signal Risk Ryan Cummings believes that “the scale of the humanitarian catastrophe in the North-East has been greatly underestimated”. He noted that about a million people still live in areas inaccessible to humanitarian assistance for security reasons, moreover, most of the resources allocated to refugees does not reach them because of corruption.
Now analysts fear that Boko Haram will attempt to benefit from the inability of the Nigerian government and the international community to save the starving.
The militants of the organization are terrorizing residents of Nigeria, Cameroon and Chad. Despite the success of the government troops and the United contingent of the African States, the extremists still pose a serious threat. Since 2009, the victims were about 20 thousand people, more than two million have become refugees.
The name “Boko Haram” translates from the Hausa language as “Western education is a sin”. The militants struggling intensely with teachers and students: group destroyed hundreds of schools, killing of teachers and students.
In 2014, the group rose to prominence in connection with the mass kidnapping of Schoolgirls, mostly from Christian families, who fall into sexual slavery. Nigerian children are subjected to various forms of violence young women and girls are raped, forced into slave labor and marriage.
As noted by Nigerian publication the Vanguard, of the more than 200 abducted in 2014 from schools in Chibote girls as a result of negotiations with the terrorists released 21.
In the past few months, the military with the support of neighbouring States pushed Boko Haram to North-East from the forest Sambisa, freeing some of the areas previously controlled by terrorists. In the spring of 2015, the group swore allegiance to Islamic state (DAISH, banned in Russia and other countries).
In July, UNICEF statedthat nearly a quarter of a million children from Borno state in northeast Nigeria could die from malnutrition: of the 244 thousand children suffering from severe malnutrition in Borno this year, approximately 49 thousand – almost one child in five will die unless they receive proper treatment.