ICC Note: Boko Haram has claimed the lives of many innocent people in Nigeria, especially Christians. Many of the survivors are now suffering of malnutrition and hunger as a result of the food scarcity that the Islamic group has provoked. Many women have become the head of household and have the responsibility of earning a living while taking care of their children. Christian women face an even greater challenge since they are seen as a double target because of their gender and faith.
10/28/2016, Nigeria (PBS) – At a clinic in Northeastern Nigeria, malnourished children wail from their beds, their mothers nearby. The cries are a good sign; they mean the children are improving, said Carmen Yip, an emergency health and nutrition coordinator with the International Rescue Committee. A cry means a child is responsive — closer to life than death.
The clinic has 23 beds available for children under five who need treatment for life-threatening complications of severe acute malnutrition.
Humanitarian organizations have said as many as 75,000 children in Nigeria’s Borno and two neighboring states are at risk of dying from severe acute malnutrition over the next year if they don’t receive treatment.
Boko Haram’s years-long insurgency in northeastern Nigeria has claimed thousands of lives, but the millions of survivors must now contend with hunger, a crisis plaguing the war-torn region.