Nigeria’s troubled northwest battles child malnutrition
ABUJA: Four years ago, gunmen attacked Halima Musa’s village in the northwest Nigeriakilled her husband and the oldest of their seven children.
The family fled to the safety of a camp for displaced people, but now they are hungry, she said.
“It’s been over a year since the government brought us food.” she said from Sokoto camp.
It’s 2 p.m. and she’s preparing the family’s first – and only – meal of the day. She wasn’t sure where she would find food the next day. “Me and my children often beg,” she said.
northwest The escalating violence in Nigeria has claimed thousands of lives and displaced hundreds of thousands more. Many, like Musa, are sheltering in camps often short of food.
Violence has exacerbated chronic poverty in a West African country with a poverty rate of 40%, according to the latest government statistics, including the latest government statistics, according to the latest government statistics. some of the poorest citizens in the north are struggling.
Many families have had to give up their farmland because they are forced to choose their lives over livelihoods.
The attacks “push many communities to their limits, including some 500,000 people forced to leave their homes,” according to Michel-Olivier. Lacharite by Doctors Without Borders, a medical charity based in France.
The group is preparing to feed 100,000 malnourished children this year in the Nigerian state of Katsina alone, said Lacharite, the group’s head of emergency operations.
Despite warning the government about the issue, he said, “We don’t see the need to mobilize to prevent a devastating nutrition crisis.”
Violence in northwest Nigeria has been blamed on armed groups that authorities say are mainly young semi-nomadic shepherds from the Fulani tribe, who are in conflict with settled farming communities because of the drought. access to water and land. Some rebellious herders are now working with radical Muslim rebels in the northeast of the country to target remote communities.
As Nigeria’s jihadist insurgency in the northeast has eased somewhat, violence in the northwest has worsened, according to authorities.
“The government is giving them (displaced people) more in the northwest even now than in the northeast,” said Murdakai Titus with the National Commission for Refugees, Migration and Inland Affairs of Nigeria.
He said: “Northwest is given high priority … for intervention activities from commissions – relief materials, livelihood activities, training them in self-reliance.
The UN World Food Program Office in Nigeria is working to prevent acute childhood malnutrition by providing nutritional support to children aged 6 months to 23 months. Aid is also provided to pregnant and lactating women in vulnerable households, Chi said. Laela spokesman for the UN World Food Program in Nigeria.
Even so, undernutrition remains a concern, Lael said, pointing out that in some areas, “children under the age of 5 are twice as likely to be undernourished as children in general population.”
Manzo EzekielA spokesman for Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency, said the agency knew that nutrition had to be improved for internally displaced people.
Hannatu Ahmadu and her four children had to flee for a month after gunmen attacked her village of Takwo in Munya area, Niger state. They try to find safety but they don’t have enough food.
“When I talk to you, we haven’t been able to harvest the crops and we’re starving now,” she told AP from the Munya displacement camp in Niger state, neighboring Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
Ahmadu said the erratic food supply made raising her children difficult. “We only eat once a day,” she said.