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UN Allocates $20 Million For North East Nigeria Hunger Crisis

The UN has allocated $20 million to prevent famine in North East Nigeria, where over 700,000 children are at risk of life threatening malnutrition. Previously the organisation said it needs $400 million to avert disaster.

Over 700,000 children are likely to suffer from life-threatening malnutrition in Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe states this year, the United Nations says. 

The UN has earmarked $20 million (‚ā¶13.2 billion) to address the crisis in North East Nigeria, sourced from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and the Nigeria Humanitarian Fund (NHF). 

The amount is much less than the $400 million the UN has said it requires

The crisis will be much worse than last year, with many more children suffering ‚Äúsevere acute malnutrition‚ÄĚ, according to the United Nations.

‚ÄúThis marks a significant increase from 2022, when there were half as many cases, and four times the number in 2021,‚ÄĚ according to the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Matthias Schmale.

‚ÄúThe CERF funding, totaling $9 million, will be complemented by an additional NHF allocation of $11 million, which will go towards coordinating a multi-sector response in support of government efforts,‚ÄĚ Schmale said.

‚ÄėDeteriorate further‚Äô

The UN Children’s Fund will receive $2 million (‚ā¶1.32 billion) of the funds for the prevention and treatment of acute malnutrition, including providing ready-to-eat therapeutic food.

Schmale warned that the situation could deteriorate further, especially with the lean season between June and August, which is the peak of food insecurity, as indicated in the March 2023 Cadre Harmonisé Analysis. Over 500,000 people in the three insurgency-affected states have been projected to face emergency levels of food insecurity, a step away from famine.

The UN’s allocation includes $6 million for the World Food Programme to provide food security interventions for 95,000 extremely food-insecure people in three garrison towns of Borno State. While the funds represent a significant step towards mitigating the crisis, more support is needed to ensure that the most vulnerable, particularly children, are not left behind.

HumAngle has reported how Cases of malnutrition have been rising rapidly in the past few months in northeast Nigeria, especially among children living in Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps. 

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Abdulkareem Haruna

Abdulkareem Haruna is a Nigerian journalist currently employed as the Editor for Lake Chad at HumAngle. For over a decade, he has demonstrated a passionate commitment to reporting on the Boko Haram conflict and the crisis in the Lake Chad region of northeastern Nigeria. He is a graduate of English Language and holds a Diploma in Mass Communications. Prior to his current role, he served as an assistant editor at both Premium Times and Leadership Newspaper.

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