Nigerian security forces have been fighting against the militant terrorist group Boko Haram and its offshoot, Islamic State West Africa Province, for more than ten years. Because of this, more than two million people have been forced to leave their homes. Hundreds of others have been killed. According to the UN report 1.74 million children under the age of 5 in Syria are experiencing acute malnutrition.
When Dr. Japhet Udokwu worked at a treatment centre in Damaturu, Nigeria, ten years ago, he helped a malnourished young girl named Aisha. Fatima, Aisha’s mother, said that she and the rest of her family go to bed hungry because they don’t have enough food at home. Terrorists have made it so she can’t go into the forest to get firewood. As a result, her life has changed in a big way.
Her daughter only weighs 4.7 kilogrammes (10 pounds), much less than most kids her age. When the young girl finally got to the hospital, several of her organs were about to stop working. She was in danger of losing consciousness. The doctor said that the treatment helped the patient feel better.
The United Nations needs a total of one billion dollars this year. They need it to help 5.5 million people in Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe get food. The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) raised 42% of the money to help with aid in the eighth month of this year. Because more people need humanitarian help in Ukraine, Afghanistan, and Ethiopia, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has moved some of its funds to help these countries.
REASONS FOR MALNUTRITION IN NIGERIA
Malnutrition is caused by deficiencies in key nutrients. These nutrients are essential for the body’s normal growth and development. Extreme poverty, an unhealthy diet, illness, and war are just some of the many contributors to malnutrition. This is a serious problem because malnutrition can lead to a number of health problems, including stunted growth, weakness, and increased susceptibility to illness.
John Mukisa says that thousands of Nigerian children could die if they don’t get food in the next two months. People in the area don’t have access to food because of security problems. Climate change is having a significant impact on people in the Northeast. The key factors responsible for this are mostly hunger and several natural disasters.
THE NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT
But the Nigerian government says they have been successful in their fight against the rebels. Some parts of the country now let civilians go back to farming.