regionsLake Chad Basin: Vulnerable People Near Starvation, UN Aid Chief


Picture of the Los Laureles dam, which along the Concepcion reservoir, supplies with potable water to over one million people in Tegucigalpa, taken on May 2, 2017.
Hot temperatures and deforestation have reduced water level at Los Laureles and Concepcion to 50 percent of their capacity which will soon cause water rationing in the Honduran capital. / AFP PHOTO / Orlando SIERRA
01 Oct

Lake Chad Basin: Vulnerable People Near Starvation, UN Aid Chief

New York, 01/10/2017 (MAP) – The scale up of international assistance to the Lake Chad Basin this year has averted a famine in north-east Nigeria, even though millions of people are still suffering, according to the United Nations aid chief.

Having visited Niger and Nigeria earlier this month, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Mark Lowcock, told reporters Thursday at UN Headquarters in New York: “There are still millions of people who have suffered a lot and continue to suffer, many of them just a step away from starvation.”

He said that in field visits to Ngagam in Diffa – “the poorest region in the poorest country in the world” – and to Maiduguri, Pulka, and Gwoza in Borno state in Nigeria, he met “extremely vulnerable people” displaced by conflict.

“Those people want to go home, they want a chance to rebuild their lives. But they want to do that when it’s safe to do so,” stressed Lowcock.

About 1.8 million people in Niger are food-insecure. Some 800,000 children are affected by acute malnutrition and almost 250,000 people are either internally displaced persons, returnees or refugees from Nigeria, he highlighted.

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