VICE News: Boko Haram left an estimated 5 million people in Nigeria on the brink of famine
Seven years of war waged by Boko Haram in northern Nigeria has left 5 million people "in urgent need of food assistance" and 250,000 children severely malnourished, the International Rescue Committee announced this week.
As aid workers reached areas in recent months that had been inaccessible for years due to the presence of Boko Haram fighters, they have scaled up their efforts in light of the suffering they've encountered.
"What is most upsetting is that this looming famine is entirely man-made," said Sarah Ndikumana, the organization's country director in Nigeria. "We are seeing countless children under 5 on the verge of death because they were given no other option than to be caught in the middle of this war."
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WNU Editor: This famine is entirely man-made, and while the Nigerian military is boasting that they have eliminated Boko Haram .... Nigeria Army Chief: Boko Haram Capabilities 'Virtually Eliminated' (VOA), Boko Haram still controls vast swaths of territory .... Two million Nigerians trapped in Boko Haram-controlled areas – UN (Premium Times).