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Humanitarian disaster unfolding around Lake Chad: UNICEF

Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 01:27

UNICEF says nearly half a million children around Lake Chad face severe acute malnutrition due to drought and a seven-year Islamist insurgency in northern Nigeria. Natasha Howitt reports.

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PLEASE NOTE: THIS VIDEO CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES OF EXTREMELY MALNOURISHED CHILDREN. The United Nations says a humanitarian disaster is unfolding here around Lake Chad. Over the past 18 months, Nigeria and the three other countries bordering the area have been battling to push back the Islamist militant group Boko Haram. As the troops gain ground, the scale of the crisis has emerged. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SPOKESPERSON FOR UNHCR, ADRIAN EDWARDS SAYING: ''Now the unfolding situation in north-east Nigeria, where the advancing military campaign by government forces together with the multinational joint task force against Boko Haram has in recent weeks been exposing a catastrophic situation with incredible suffering among the population.'' The U.N children's agency UNICEF says nearly half a million children in the area face severe acute malnutrition. And they're warning around 50,000 people in the Boko Haram heartland area of Borno province will die this year if they don't receive medical treatment. UNICEF is appealing for $308 million US DOLLARS to help people in all four countries which border Lake Chad. It's raised just $41 million so far. Hospitals and clinics have been destroyed, and access to clean water and sanitation facilities cut off. Over two million people are still believed to be trapped, and Boko Haram has been retaliating with more suicide bombings, often involving children.

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Humanitarian disaster unfolding around Lake Chad: UNICEF

Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 01:27