‘Deepening Food Crisis Pushes Northeast Nigeria Closer To Famine’
There is fire on the mountain in northeast of Nigeria.
The hundreds of thousands of people that Boko Haram displaced are facing a serious risk of starvation.
An aid agency, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has just confirmed the fears that famine could soon strike tens of thousands of people in the region as food stocks run low, prices soar and aid supplies dwindle.
The hunger crisis is set to worsen by late August as the lean season before harvest takes its toll, driving up the number of people in need of food aid by at least half a million to 5.2 million, according to the agency.
About 50,000 people are predicted by the United Nations' food agency to be at risk of famine, yet the situation could be far worse with many areas cut off from help due to the threat of Boko Haram, said Cheick Ba, the NRC country director in Nigeria.
Boko Haram’s jihadist group's eight-year insurgency to create an Islamic state in northeast Nigeria has killed more than 20,000 people and forced 2.7 million people to flee their homes, unable to cultivate their farmland to grow crops.
"Armed conflict and violence are driving this food crisis. Innocent families are bearing the brunt ... even after they have escaped horrific violence," Ba said in a statement.
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"We (NRC) were forced to reduce the food basket we provide to families this month, to make up for the increased price of rice beans and millet," Ba added, explaining how prices in conflict-hit areas were 150 percent higher than in 2015.