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Nigeria’s Borno Faces World’s Worst Food Crisis, Unicef Says

  • The situation is comparable to Ethiopia, Somalia 5 years ago
  • Some 2.2 million people in areas inccessible due to insurgents
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The food crisis unfolding in Nigeria’s northeastern Borno state is probably the worst in the world at the moment, with 4.5 million people in need of assistance out of which one million are in danger of extreme malnutrition, according to the UN children’s agency, Unicef.

“We haven’t found the right words yet to describe the magnitude of the problem,” Arjan de Wagt, Unicef’s chief of nutrition in Nigeria, said in an interview in the capital, Abuja on Friday. “I’ve checked with my colleagues in New York and they’re not aware of anywhere around the world people are in this kind of situation.”