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Nigeria is Africa’s most wealthy nation and yet they are going through a crisis in which they are unable to feed their children, send them to schools, and where many of them die at the hands of terrorism. This plight is greatly affecting one of the largest populations in the world. As of now, Nigeria is estimated to have over 185 million people. It has also been an energy superpower in Africa for many years. However, with falling oil prices, increased terrorist activity and a drought that is affecting 20 million people across 4 nations, Nigeria is on the brink of disaster. Kids will face the biggest challenges in the years to come if their parents do not work to fix these issues quickly. And Christian youth will face even harsher problems as Islamic terrorism continues to spread and grow.

07/26/2017 Nigeria (TheWashingtonTimes) – Sitting with a metal bowl in his hands, 7-year-old Isiaka Ibrahim begged for food outside the entrance of a bus station.

“I was brought to Gombe to learn the Koran,” said Isiaka, who comes from Kona, a town in northwestern Nigeria about 280 miles away.

But his teachers wouldn’t provide him with room and board, so he took to the streets. “On nights that people don’t give me food, I sleep on empty stomach,” said the shoeless boy.

It’s a cruel irony: Africa’s wealthiest and most populous country, an energy superpower, is having trouble feeding its own people.

Children like Isiaka have come to symbolize Nigeria’s plight as chronic corruption, declining oil production and falling global prices, and the fight against Islamic State-affiliated Boko Haram and other militants and separatist movements exacerbate the country’s year-old recession.

“This is not the best time to be born in Nigeria,” said Betty Abah, executive director of the Center for Children’s Health Education, Orientation and Protection in Lagos. “We just have to face the reality.”

Children younger than 15 account for about 45 percent of the country’s population, a UNICEF report shows, and more than 10.5 million of them are not attending school. The majority of unschooled children are girls.

 

 

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