The outbreak of epidemics in the Lake Chad region coupled with a rising number of people experiencing severe hunger in Nigeria demands urgent attention to provide a political solution to the complex conflict and release much needed funds, urges CARE International. According to the latest analyses, an additional two million people will face critical food insecurity over the coming three months in Nigeria, totalling the number of people going to bed hungry each night to nearly nine million. “As of June, about 50,000 people in three states of Nigeria will be in famine conditions and will starve without urgent humanitarian support”, warns Garth Van’t Hul, interim Country Director in Nigeria.
Earlier this year, epidemics have broken out in Nigeria and Niger. Close to 10,000 suspected meningitis cases and over 830 deaths were recorded in Nigeria since the outbreak in April. In neighbouring Niger, which is strongly battered by the conflict, Hepatitis E has broken out for the first time ever, affecting one of the poorest countries in the world which has very few health facilities. “This is adding another layer of misery for people who are trying to survive a violent conflict and rising food insecurity. What’s very concerning is that women are mainly affected by the hepatitis outbreak. All deaths occurred among pregnant women and we need to act swiftly to contain the epidemics”, Van’t Hul urges.