Lagos – The UN children’s agency warns that about 49 000 children will die of malnutrition in areas once cut off by north-eastern Nigeria’s Islamic extremist uprising if they don’t get treatment.
Unicef is calling for charities and donors to respond quickly to avert a tragedy in Borno state, where nearly a quarter of a million children are severely malnourished.
Most of the children are in areas that had been inaccessible before a multinational force liberated them from Boko Haram extremists earlier this year.
The seven-year Boko Haram insurgency has killed more than 20 000 people in the region.
The Unicef statement on Tuesday says the agency has received less than half of the $55.5 million (R795 million) it appealed for earlier this year, and now the needs are even greater.