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Reubenace / 03 June, 2021

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MSF warns of humanitarian crisis in northwest Nigeria.

 

Rising violence in northwest Nigeria’s Zamfara state is stoking a humanitarian crisis, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said Thursday.

The region has struggled with decades-long communal clashes over resources but more recently some groups have become more violent, looting, stealing and kidnapping for ransom, and people are fleeing to areas where aid groups are struggling to respond.

In a statement, MSF said it had already treated 10,300 children in Zamfara between January and April for severe acute malnutrition, measles, malaria and other conditions.

“This is 54 percent higher than in the same period last year,” said an MSF doctor, Godwin Emudanohwo.

“People here need food, safe water and vaccinations now,” said Emudanohwo.

“Families tell us they won’t be able to farm for the new season, which means a new cycle of hunger.”

Nearly 700,000 people were internally displaced in the northwest and north-central Nigeria in February, including more than 124,000 in Zamfara alone, according to the UN’s migration agency IOM.

The authorities are struggling to respond in a region that has already recorded the highest poverty rate in Nigeria, the International Crisis Group (ICG) think tank said in a report.

 

 

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