UN says 2 million Nigerians are trapped in Boko Haram controlled areas

The United Nations has said about 2 million Nigerians are currently trapped in the North-Eastern part of Nigeria due to insurgency by terrorist group, Boko Haram.

UNICEF’s Chief of Nutrition in Nigeria, Arjan de Wagt, during a press briefing by the UN Information Service in Switzerland disclosed this on Friday.

He said most of these areas are inaccessible, making it hard for UNICEF to help them.

Wagt said only Bama and the IDP camp there was accessible.

“Before April 2016, there was no access to most areas in Borno State because of the security situation,” he said.

“But since April, access has progressively become possible to some of the other areas,” he added.

Wagt also lamented the level of malnutrition in the areas. He said most of the children are on the brink of death.

“Some 65,000 people are in famine-like conditions, the worst level of food insecurity, and facing starving to death for lack of food.  It is a very unique situation in the world,” he said.

He said in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States, there were 400,000 children “with severe acute malnutrition, and in Borno alone, 244,000 children are affected”.

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