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4m northern Nigerians face severe food crisis as starving people now eat grass —UN


More than four million Nigerians will face severe food insecurity and hunger crisis in the North-East region in the coming season, according to the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Nigeria, Matthias Schmale.

Schmale who was speaking at an advocacy event on food security and nutrition in North-East Nigeria held in Abuja on Monday, said the sum of $351 million was needed to provide humanitarian support and avert the expected food crisis in the region.

The UN coordinator gave an estimated figure of 8.4 million as the number of Nigerians who would need humanitarian support in the North-East, while another 4.1 million people in the region already facing severe food insecurity.

“Across North-East Nigeria today, 8.4 million people need humanitarian assistance. Alarmingly, almost half of these crisis-affected people, 4.1 million are expected to face the severe pain of food insecurity in the approaching lean season.

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“In 2021, the gap between people in need and people supported by food and nutrition assistance was 1.8 million. Due to reduced funding, that number is projected to dramatically increase to 2.9 million this lean season.

“Unless resources are urgently mobilised, almost three million people in dire need of food and nutrition support will go unassisted. Without food assistance, desperation may compel extremely vulnerable people into transactional sex, child labour, and selling their few possessions.

“I have heard stories from last year’s lean season of people in the North-East eating grass to stay alive, and I fear the recurrence of this tragedy if we fail to act quickly,” Schmale said.

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  1. Mubaraklag

    - May 4, 2022 at 1:28 pm

    God save this country

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  2. afeezhamzat

    - Apr 21, 2022 at 2:36 pm

    In this country nan

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  3. Queendy3158

    - Apr 21, 2022 at 1:25 am

    Noted

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  4. Dylan Rooney

    - Apr 14, 2022 at 4:13 am

    May God help us

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  5. Effulgentjoe

    - Apr 13, 2022 at 12:44 pm

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  6. Nistool

    - Apr 13, 2022 at 9:40 am

    i believe one day we would have a better nigeria

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  7. Mrsbimps

    - Apr 13, 2022 at 2:11 am

    Poor one

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  8. Okekechris

    - Apr 12, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    O laud

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  9. Anaebo chinenye vivian

    - Apr 12, 2022 at 4:56 pm

    Ok

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  10. Olagunju Funmilayo Grace

    - Apr 12, 2022 at 2:44 pm

    Ok

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  11. Ayo1

    - Apr 12, 2022 at 2:06 pm

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  12. moses625

    - Apr 12, 2022 at 12:44 pm

    May God help us

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  13. Oluwagbemiga

    - Apr 12, 2022 at 12:18 pm

    May God help

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  14. Sammy550

    - Apr 12, 2022 at 10:18 am

    Hmmm na wa o

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  15. Akinbunmi1

    - Apr 12, 2022 at 10:04 am

    More to follow if insecurity is not addressed

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  16. Boluwatifegold

    - Apr 12, 2022 at 10:00 am

    God Help Us In Nigeria!!!

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  17. Zikora Emmanuel

    - Apr 12, 2022 at 9:24 am

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