More than 5 million people are battling starvation in the Lake Chad Basin, the United Nations warned on Monday, while 400,000 children suffer from severe malnutrition in this volatile region.
In a recent report, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said “5.1 million people are fighting starvation” in this region, in the “worst increase recorded in 4 years.”
“Across the Lake Chad Basin region, 10.2 million people need humanitarian assistance,” he added, especially in the far north of Cameroon, in the Lake Chad region, in the Diffa region (southeast of Niger), in addition to 3 states in Nigeria, Adamawa, Borno and Yobe.
The OSHA office warned in the report that due to the violence that the region has witnessed for 12 years, “basic social services and the already limited natural resources are facing a very difficult test.”
The UN report pointed to the increasing difficulties facing the delivery of humanitarian aid to those in need in this region due to acts of violence, whose scope continues to expand.
In particular, he mentioned “three consecutive attacks” in April in Damasak, a town in northeastern Nigeria on the border with Niger.
2.5 billion dollars
According to the report, meeting the “most urgent humanitarian needs” in this region will need “2.5 billion dollars” in 2021, and so far, “only 13%” has been secured.
The conflict in the Lake Chad Basin since 2009 has caused the largest displacement crisis in Africa, with more than two million people displaced and nearly 36,000 dead.
And there are 300,000 Nigerian refugees who have fled violence in their country since 2015, according to the United Nations, in the Diffa region of Niger alone.