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Famine looms in Nigeria as Boko Haram nears defeat

2:54am IST - 01:16

Despite declaring the Boko Haram group near defeat, the Nigerian government still faces suicide bombings, attacks, and a threat of famine that could affect millions. Nathan Frandino reports.

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Bulama Muhammad Chetima says the jihadist Boko Haram group has devastated Nigeria's northeast, especially in his village of Bene Sheik. (SOUNDBITE) (English) VILLAGE CHIEF BULAMA MUHAMMAD CHETIMA, SAYING: "Boko Haram killed people, more than 3,000 people. More than 1,000 houses burned." But Boko Haram's influence runs deeper than that. Their seven-year insurgency has prevented the planting of crops. And the United Nations says close to 3 million people are facing famine. Half a million children under five are suffering from severe acute malnutrition. Yagana Modu says she's getting desperate. (SOUNDBITE) (Kanuri) DISPLACED PERSON, YAGANA MODU, SAYING: "My children and I, we need food. The biggest problem we have is hunger." The government says it has nearly defeated Boko Haram, but it still faces suicide bombings and attacks, which have left the country struggling to rebuild. An international donors conference has pledged nearly $700 million over the next three years, but many Nigerians say they can't wait that long.

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Famine looms in Nigeria as Boko Haram nears defeat

2:54am IST - 01:16