In northeast Nigeria, conflict between the militant group Boko Haram and government forces has uprooted 2.4 million people from their homes.
The Nigerian government declared a food and nutrition emergency in Borno State in northeast Nigeria in late July. Due to recent success in reclaiming areas previously controlled by Boko Haram—humanitarian organizations are now getting limited access to displaced people in parts of Borno State for the first time in nearly two years.
Initial reports indicate that the needs in parts of Borno are extreme. Families have been living without adequate access to safe drinking water, food, shelter, and healthcare.
According to reports from UNICEF, an estimated 250,000 children in Borno are severely malnourished -- and the lives of 49,000 children are in immediate danger unless they receive immediate therapeutic treatment.
The United Nations has also conducted rapid screening missions in parts of Borno State: these confirmed visible malnutrition among adults and children, an extreme scarcity of food and water, very limited health facilities.
Action Against Hunger is also conducting rapid needs assessments in newly accessible area of Borno to determine the scale and severity of the crisis.
OUR TEAMS IN ACTION
Action Against Hunger has mobilized an expert rapid response team to Monguno in Borno State, where we are conducting rigorous rapid needs assessments and launching immediate emergency programs to save lives and reduce suffering.
Over the next few weeks in Monguno in Borno State, we will reach populations in need with:
- safe water
- temporary shelter kits
- hygiene kits and essential relief items
- emergency health and nutrition services to save the lives of vulnerable children
We will launch other new emergency programs in newly accessible areas of Borno, and we are expanding existing programs to reach more people in need in Yobe State, and in camps and communities around Maiduguri in Borno State – delivering emergency health and nutrition programs, essential relief supplies, clean water, and adequate sanitation to promote hygiene and prevent deadly waterborne diseases.
SAVE LIVES TODAY
People affected by conflict in Borno State in northeast Nigeria need your help today. Please help us deliver lifelines to severely malnourished children and families whose lives have been torn apart by crisis.
A gift of $100 will provide a family with an emergency sanitation kit and provide lifesaving therapeutic treatment to a malnourished child.
A gift of any amount will make a tremendous difference.
ABOUT ACTION AGAINST HUNGER
Action Against Hunger is a global humanitarian organization that takes decisive action against the causes and effects of hunger. We save the lives of malnourished children. We ensure families can access clean water, food, training, and health care. We enable entire communities to be free from hunger. With more than 6,500 staff in over 45 countries, our programs reached 14.9 million people in 2015.