Fidelity bank card banner Emerald Energy Institute Camano banner

Mass starvation looms in Nigeria, 3 other countries — UN

By News Express on 12/04/2017

Gmail icon

Views: 1,237

•Starving mothers and children in northeast Nigeria.
•Starving mothers and children in northeast Nigeria.

The risk of mass starvation in four countries – northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen – is rising rapidly due to drought and conflict, the UN refugee agency said on Tuesday.

About 20 million people live in hard-hit areas where harvests have failed and acute malnutrition rates are increasing, particularly among children, it said.

In South Sudan, where the United Nations declared famine in some areas in February, “a further 1 million people are now on the brink of famine,” UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards said.

“We are raising our alarm level further by today warning that the risk of mass deaths from starvation among populations in the Horn of Africa, Yemen and Nigeria is growing,” Edwards told a news briefing.

“This really is an absolutely critical situation that is rapidly unfolding across a large swathe of Africa from west to east,” he said.

People are on the run within their countries and greater numbers of South Sudanese refugees are fleeing to Sudan and Uganda, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said.

A preventable catastrophe, possibly worse than that of 2011 when 260,000 people died of famine in the Horn of Africa, half of them children, “is fast becoming an inevitability”, Edwards said.


“Always the problem that we have with humanitarian crises in sub-Saharan Africa is that they tend to get overlooked until things are too late,” he said. “A repeat must be avoided at all costs.”

“There’s acute malnutrition, very high rates, if you don't help people with worsening rates of malnutrition, people die.”

Seven million people in northeast Nigeria and the Lake Chad basin are suffering from food insecurity, Edwards said.

Food security in 4 countries is expected to continue to deteriorate until at least mid-year, he said.

UNHCR is scaling up its operations but has a funding shortfall, with some country programmes only funded at between 3 and 11 percent, he said.

Overall the United Nations has appealed for $4.4 billion for the four countries but has received less than $984 million to date, Jens Laerke of the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said.

In northeast Nigeria, especially Borno State, aid workers had “almost zero access” a year ago, due to Boko Haram militants, Laerke said.

“Now that access is opening up. That is one of the reasons why the numbers have grown. Because as we have pushed into these areas we have simply discovered more and more need of an extreme nature including extreme food insecurity so that there is a risk of famine,” he said.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) warned in late March that the world had three to four months to stop starvation in the four countries.

David Hermann, ICRC operations coordinator for Somalia, told the briefing: “If it doesn’t happen now, there will be no escaping a situation that this country already experienced a few years ago, meaning probably people are going to die from starvation and disease.” (Reuters)

Source News Express

Posted 12/04/2017 3:04:56 PM





You may also like...
Buhari warns police against unprofessional conduct

African investors splash $2.4 billion for biggest takeover...

Nigeria, France to strengthen agreements in defence matters...

NBA, CSO’s, others protest Onnoghen’s suspension

Jonathan’s wife, Bayelsa Governor at war •First Lady...

We’ll join hands with FG to crush Boko...

Forgery charge against Saraki, Ekweremadu, others abuse of...

China’s most famous actress vanishes without a trace...

Helep! I don carry ogbologbo passenger dem

Biafra and Lagos: 50 years after, By Olusegun...

Dasuki’s family drags AGF Malami to NBA over...

New Yoruba leader consults Ooni of Ife, Ex-President...


Latest News Nigerian-born international star behind The Fugees’ smash hit ‘Killing me softly’ bags 90 years imprisonment for rape, incest Missing Naval Commander found dead inside well Premier League: Liverpool maintain perfect start, 10-man Arsenal come from 2-1 down to win, Man Utd lose again Hope Uzodima arrested in India CAN raises alarm over influx of strange faces into South East Be careful of those around you, UK-based pastor warns Osinbajo Police arrest 65-year-old man in connection with 1985 plane hijacking Boko Haram terrorists seeking refuge in homes of some unscrupulous individuals – Army Nigeria may explode if we don't tackle unemployment now - Ngige Two killed, six others injured in Adamawa attack Anambra community warns trouble makers, says culprits risk life ban 3-militant leaders urge Buhari to replace amnesty boss


Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (542,821 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (443,982 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (390,483 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (327,298 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (295,488 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (254,094 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (250,436 views) 10 cars more expensive than Jets (239,540 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (232,100 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (218,118 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (196,356 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (193,921 views)


CBN milk production

CBN banner advert

UBA Wise Savers Promo


Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (102) Business & Economy (4,455) Business Verdict (81) Columnists (1,113) Complaints & Requests (96) Enterprise & Opportunities (216) Entertainment (667) Features (815) Global Business Monitor (446) ICT Monitor (63) International (3,974) Interview (204) Live Commentary (30) Love Matters (171) Maggie's Blog (418) News (51,632) Opinion (1,365) Pidgin (17) Politics (11,472) Religion (1,104) Sports (2,174) Stock Watch (39) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update







APO Group Partner




GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member



Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera