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Aid Group: Starvation Still looms in Lake Chad region

COPENHAGEN— An estimated 800,000 children under the age of 5 are severely malnourished in Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad because of the lack of sufficient humanitarian funding, according to the Norwegian Refugee Council.

A Growing Humanitarian Crisis in the Lake Chad Region

Jan Egeland, the organization chief, said that six months after the international community pledged financial support to the Lake Chad region, “57 percent of the $2.2 billion needed to meet the most basic humanitarian needs in 2017 are still lacking.”

Egeland said Tuesday that a conference in Berlin on Wednesday with representatives from Germany, Norway and the United Nations, plus the four countries surrounding Lake Chad, must have humanitarian funding and access at the top of the agenda.

The Lake Chad region is suffering from several years of Boko Haram’s Islamic extremist insurgency which has killed several hundreds and displaced millions.

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Ben Mabande

Ben Mabande is a researcher and senior contributing reporter with Globe Afrique Media.

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