UN Hunger

UN: Borno, Adamawa, Yobe’s 4.3 Million Suffering From Extreme Hunger


4.3 million people in Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe are facing extreme starvation, according to UN humanitarian official Matthias Schmale.

Matthias Schmale, the chief humanitarian officer for the United Nations in Nigeria, estimates that 4.3 million people in the Nigerian states of Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe are suffering from extreme famine.

On Wednesday, Mr. Schmale informed journalists in Geneva that the number of children under the age of five who are at risk of severe acute malnutrition, which can put a child’s life in danger, had doubled in the past year, reaching 700,000.

Mr. Schmale stated the following when describing the situation in northeast Nigeria: “I have been to Borno and the other two states numerous times.” In nutrition stabilisation clinics, I’ve seen mothers doing everything they can to save the lives of their severely malnourished children. For those of us who are parents, we can only try to fathom what it must be like to be unable to assure that our children always have enough to eat.

According to him, the “catastrophic” scenario is primarily the result of almost a decade of insecurity linked to non-state armed organisations. This insecurity has prevented people from producing and earning an income from the land. As a result, the situation is currently in a “catastrophic” state.

The effects of climate change and harsh weather are also contributors to the problem. More than 4.4 million people across the entirety of Nigeria were impacted by the devastating floods that occurred there last year. These floods were not limited to the Northeast region of the country.

The situation is made worse by the skyrocketing prices of food, gasoline, and fertilisers, and the funding for the response effort is still critically lacking.

The official from the United Nations also stated that only 25 percent of the $1.3 billion in humanitarian funding that was required for the region had been acquired.