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The United Nations reports that hundreds of thousands of displaced people in northeastern Nigeria — the epicenter of the Boko Haram insurgency — are suffering from high levels of severe malnutrition. Improved security is enabling aid agencies to finally access the area, which was cut off by the Islamist insurgents.
 
Much of Borno State in northeastern Nigeria was off limits to aid agencies after Boko Haram gained control of large swaths of the territory in mid-2014.
 
The Nigerian army and regional forces have now chased the insurgents out of most towns and cities, and Boko Haram controls only four of Borno State’s 27 local government areas.
 
A spokesman for the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Jens Laerke, says returning aid workers describe scenes of destruction and people living under shocking conditions.
 
He says people are extremely short of food and more than half-a-million people require immediate food assistance.

“These are mainly subsistence farmers who live there. If they are displaced from their land and cannot produce the food that they are supposed to eat," he said. "So, that is of major concern. The security is not ideal, absolutely not … it is still early days for this opening up of these areas.”



 

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