UNICEF Says Boko Haram Responsible for 75,000 Starving Children
JNS.org – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said that up to 75,000 Nigerian children could starve to death due to conditions created by the Islamist terrorist organization Boko Haram, the Associated Press reported.
Over the last seven years, continuous violent attacks by Boko Haram have impeded the ability of UNICEF and other agencies to deliver food supplies, leaving children across the region out of aid workers’ reach. In July, a UNICEF worker was wounded when a rocket hit a military-escorted humanitarian convoy.
In addition, the terror group has displaced some 2.2 million people, 65,000 of whom are living in famine-like conditions.
Arjan de Wagt, UNICEF’s nutrition chief in Nigeria, told the AP that as many as 50 percent of the country’s children, especially those in the northeast, are severely malnourished.
“Globally, you just don’t see this,” de Wagt said. “You have to go back to places like Somalia five years ago to see these kinds of levels,” referring to the nearly 260,000 Somalians who died from severe drought between 2010 and 2012.
According to the AP report, UNICEF said only $24 million has been raised out of $115 million needed to prevent the Nigerian starvation crisis.
Since 2009, Boko Haram has raped, kidnapped, pillaged and murdered moderate Muslims and Christians in Nigeria, with the stated aim of establishing an Islamic caliphate and implementing sharia law.