The United Nations had some time ago described children needing food aid in northeast Nigeria as persons with skin over bone. 

This awful sight still exists in the region.

A report on the state of things in Nigeria’s northeast has been released by the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA).

One major issue in the humanitarian situation report is the devastating nature of malnutrition that the over nine years of insurgency has whipped up.

It says an estimated three million displaced persons face critical food and nutrition insecurity in the northeast.

OCHA, in its report for the month of June said no fewer than 1.7 million persons were displaced by the conflict in the region in the past nine years.

According to the fact sheet, the number of people estimated to be facing critical food and nutrition insecurity is projected at three million, following recent assessment exercises in the area.

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It said that humanitarian actors and partners were carrying out a re-targeting exercise in Borno and Yobe to ensure that the most vulnerable people receive food assistance.

OCHA also said: “Large-scale displacements continue to take place weekly; in the past seven months, since hostilities intensified in the northeast, more than 130,000 people have been displaced.

“In May alone, 21, 207 people arrived in various locations. Bama, Ngala, Gwoza, Dikwa and Biu recorded the highest number of new arrivals.

“These movements present major humanitarian challenges as resources are already overstretched in the locations where these civilians arrived.

“Given that military operations have been announced to continue throughout the 2018 rainy season, displacement trend is likely to continue until end of August.’’

To cope with the situation, the UN agency disclosed that it had adopted a contingency response plan for the expected high-level displacement due to military operations.

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The plan aimed to provide life-saving assistance to about 115,000 IDPs expected to move from hard-to-reach areas to key towns in Mobbar, Kukawa, Monguno, Ngala, Kala Balge, Dikwa, Bama, and Gwoza local government councils of Borno.

“About 41.7million dollars is urgently needed to ensure sufficient preparedness and response activities to facilitate life-saving assistance for the new arrivals.

“These include shelter and non-food items; health care, food, water and sanitation, protection and nutrition,” it said.

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