4m people at risk of food insecurity in north-east Nigeria – OCHA 


UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says urgent assistance is needed to avert food crisis in northeast Nigeria as no fewer than 4.1 million people are at risk of severe food insecurity.

Matthias Schmale, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Nigeria

Mr Matthias Schmale, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Nigeria, on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, briefed Member States in Geneva, Switzerland, on the situation in the region.

The UN humanitarian agency, in a statement, noted the deteriorating situation affecting millions of people, mainly women and children in the northeast as the country entered the lean season.

Schmale described the deteriorating food security and nutrition situation as an issue that required immediate support.

“This food insecurity is felt painfully across the region, especially as operations are so desperately in need of funding.

“In Yobe State, families have not received food assistance for up to eight months. Some people are left without food for days not knowing where to get their next meal from,” he said.

Schmale appealed to the international community for immediate support to get aid to those who needed it most.

“I cannot emphasise enough, we need the resources today and not tomorrow,” he said.

Schmale appealed to the international community for immediate support to get aid to those who needed it most.

“I cannot emphasise enough, we need the resources today and not tomorrow,” he said.

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