UN warns 49 000 kids dying of malnutrition linked to Boko Haram
19 July 2016, 16:46
Lagos - The UN children's agency warns that about 49 000 children
will die of malnutrition in areas once cut off by north-eastern Nigeria's
Islamic extremist uprising if they don't get treatment.
Unicef is calling for charities and donors to respond quickly to
avert a tragedy in Borno state, where nearly a quarter of a million children
are severely malnourished.
Most of the children are in areas that had been inaccessible
before a multinational force liberated them from Boko Haram extremists earlier
The seven-year Boko Haram insurgency has killed more than 20 000
people in the region.
The Unicef statement on Tuesday says the agency has received less
than half of the $55.5 million (R795 million) it appealed for earlier this
year, and now the needs are even greater.