The United Nations have grimly predicted an estimated 75,000 children will die of malnourishment in the beleaguered Boko Haram northeast, where Boko haram has killed thousands of people. The UN says the situation is so because donors have provided only one-third of requested funding and twice as much, $1 billion, is needed for the rest of the year and into 2017.
But, it says there could be hope as a vital funding conference comes up in Geneva next month, otherwise “it won’t be long before we could be in the painful position of having to turn away sick and starving children,” says the U.S.-based Save the Children.
Moreover, Doctors Without Borders, say that thousands of children have died of starvation and disease in northeast Nigeria. Natalie Roberts, emergency program manager for northeast Nigeria, told Associated Press that a survey conducted in two refugee camps in Maiduguri, Borno State, shows a quarter of the expected population of under-5 children is missing and assumed dead.
Speaking of her visit to Borno, Roberts said: “We only saw older brothers and sisters. No toddlers are straddling their big sisters’ hips. No babies strapped to their mums’ backs. It’s as if they have just vanished.”