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21 Feb 2017 description

Mitigating the impact of the crisis and strengthening the resilience and food security of conflict-affected communities

Context

21 Feb 2017 description

SITUATION OVERVIEW

While an increasing amount of territory in Northeast Nigeria has become accessible to humanitarian workers, suicide bombings and attacks against civilians persisted during the reporting period. Violence in the northeast has caused massive displacement and at the same time restricted movement, disrupting food supplies and hindering access to basic services. People affected by violence in Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe, and neighbouring Bauchi, Taraba, and Gombe States are in urgent need of life-saving humanitarian assistance.

21 Feb 2017 description

"Famine" is a term defined by clear criteria. When humanitarian actors warn against it, a population’s lack of access to food has already started claiming lives. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and other NGOs use the five levels of the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) as one of the tools to classify the severity and magnitude of food shortage in a population.

Famine occurs when the food shortage in an area reaches level 5 and several of the following criteria are met:

21 Feb 2017 description

Nigeria: Hundreds of thousands received food and assistance in 2016

Armed conflict in North East Nigeria has displaced more than 2 million people and had damaging consequences for over 1.5 million people hosting them. The situation, in humanitarian terms, has been made worse by communal clashes in the Middle Belt region and the armed violence in the Niger Delta states.

21 Feb 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Maiduguri, Nigeria, February 2017 – Mustapha loves meeting his friends for a quick game of soccer before class starts in the camp where he lives with what is left of his family.

Mustapha fled to Maiduguri with his mother and siblings after their home was destroyed in an attack by Boko Haram. His grandfather was killed but his father managed to hide and survived the attack, only to be killed later when he returned to salvage goods from the shop the family had run.

21 Feb 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK/PARIS, 21 February 2017 – At least 65,000 children have been released from armed forces and armed groups in the past 10 years, UNICEF said today as leaders from around the world gather in Paris on the anniversary of the Paris Commitments to end the use of children in conflict.

21 Feb 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK/DAKAR/NAIROBI/AMMAN, 21 February 2017 – Almost 1.4 million children are at imminent risk of death from severe acute malnutrition this year, as famine looms in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, UNICEF said today.

“Time is running out for more than a million children,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. “We can still save many lives. The severe malnutrition and looming famine are largely man-made. Our common humanity demands faster action. We must not repeat the tragedy of the 2011 famine in the Horn of Africa.”

21 Feb 2017 description

Maiduguri/Abuja, 21 February 2017: As relief organizations increase response to the humanitarian emergency in the north-east of Nigeria, timely donor support is required to sustain life-saving assistance to millions people devastated by Boko Haram-linked violence.

20 Feb 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

• Even though security remains a challenge, access continues to open up into more remote areas of the Far North region. Through its partners, UNICEF was able to reach displaced children on the border with Nigeria, providing them with nutrition, primary health care, education and child protection services.

20 Feb 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • In Borno, IDPs are increasingly moving out of Maiduguri to the newly accessible LGAs, mainly to safe towns and villages. It is paramount to scale up response in the areas of return.

  • Populations in isolated and inaccessible areas of Northeast Nigeria may be facing extreme food security situation (IPC Phase 5).

  • So far in 2017, more than 8,596 children with severe acute malnutrition (SAM) were treated in Borno and Yobe States.