THE real impact of Boko Haram’s reign of terror in northeast Nigeria is emerging as humanitarian groups gain more access to affected areas.
In a new statement the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is demanding that this “chronically underfunded crisis” receives the attention it deserves “before it is too late”, and outlines the scale of the crisis, most notably:
- Each day, 184 children die due to causes related to acute malnutrition.
- The region is teetering on the brink of famine as 5 million people are in urgent need of food assistance.
Since 2012, the Boko Haram insurgency has crippled led to the death of over 23,000 civilians and thousands of women and girls have been abducted and forced into sexual slavery.
Borno State has been particularly affected. Of the 2.2 million people forced from their homes across the region, over half (1.8 million) are in Borno.
Nearly 3 million Nigerians remained trapped in inaccessible areas at the beginning of 2016, although in recent months, advances by the Nigerian Army and the Multinational Joint Task Force have led to improved access to some areas, says IRC.