Abuja - According to the UN, around half million small children are at risk of starvation in northeastern Nigeria as result of the conflict with the Islamist terrorist organization Boko Haram. The lives of the extremely malnourished children would be in danger if they did not get help quickly, said Toby Lanzer, who is responsible for humanitarian aid in the Sahel region at the United Nations.
In many places, the In some cases, Boko Haram controlled them for years, so there are no longer any two, three or four year old children. “Because they died,” said Lanzer. Children under five years of age have weaker immune system and are particularly at risk.
Around seven million people in the region are dependent on food aid, Lanzer said at press conference in New York. Any government in the world would be overwhelmed by disaster of this magnitude. Therefore, international help is needed, he said. A donor conference for Nigeria and the affected neighboring states of Chad, Cameroon and Niger is to take place in Oslo on February 24th.
In the event of attacks and Boko Haram attacks have killed at least 14,000 people in northeastern Nigeria since 2009. The group temporarily controlled an area about the size of Belgium. However, many areas have been recaptured by the military since last year.