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IDPs In Northeast Face Hunger As Food Rations Are Cut By 60 Percent

More displaced persons in Borno State, Northeast Nigeria are facing food insecurity with food rations being lowered as famine and insecurity affect supplies. 

Food rations in Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in Borno State, Northeast Nigeria have been cut by almost 60 per cent, HumAngle has learnt.

According to a HumAngle source, food has become increasingly scarce for the displaced persons in camps across the state, with agencies responsible for providing food, the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), drastically reducing the amount of food provided.

The insurgency plaguing the Northeast region over the past decade persists, making humanitarian aid even more hard to provide for the most vulnerable populations.

According to the Africa Centre for Strategic Studies of the US Defense Department, the Lake Chad region had seen a 60 per cent increase in violence over the past year.

The United Nations (UN) last year foretold the region’s famine risk due to the high levels of food insecurity.

According to the organisation, 5.1 million people were at risk of hunger in the coming lean season, the highest figure in four years.

“In Nigeria, over 800,000 children are expected to suffer from acute malnutrition, including nearly 300,000 of severe acute malnutrition, at imminent risk of death. The situation is particularly alarming in the country’s northeast region, which suffers from Boko Haram violence,” the UN added.

Aid workers responding to the crisis in the region have explained that they were limited by what they can do, as the insurgents continue to gain ground.

“Almost no one is operating at full capacity,” an aid worker told AFP.

Other limitations include the targeting of aid workers by the insurgents, kidnappings, and attacks on their bases.

In March, an attack was launched on a humanitarian hub in Dikwa, forcing the UN to evacuate aid workers from their hubs in Monguno and Ngala due to the two towns’ proximity to Dikwa.

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Hafsah Abubakar Matazu

Hafsah Abubakar Matazu is the Head of the Humanitarian and Development Desk at HumAngle, focusing on both international and national organisations providing aid, as well as contributing to the response to the crisis in Nigeria and Africa as a whole especially where it comes to insecurity. Her reporting also extends to foreign missions and other diplomatic relations in this regard.

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