8.5 million people need live-saving support in North-East – UN


The United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says over 8.5 million persons need life-saving support due to the humanitarian crisis caused by the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East.

The UN said in its October Humanitarian Situation Report that it targeted 6.9 million displaced persons for life-saving assistance in 2017.

The fact-sheet shows that 5.2 million people are facing food insecurity and 5.1 million persons targeted for food security interventions, while humanitarian organisations in collaboration with the Federal Government provided support to three million persons under the emergency food intervention programme in 2017.

It showed that about 3.4 million persons, particularly children, expectant and nursing mothers need nutrition support, while 2.7 million were targeted for assistance within the period under review.

OCHA explained that 2.1 million persons had so far benefited from various nutrition interventions designed to control malnutrition in the war-ravaged region.


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