(JNS.org) The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned that up to 75,000 Nigerian children could starve to death due to conditions created by Boko Haram’s Islamic uprising over the last seven years, the Associated Press reported.
Children living in northeastern Nigeria are facing severe malnutrition and death, according to Arjan de Wagt, nutrition chief for UNICEF in Nigeria.
As high as 50 percent of children living in certain parts of the region are severely malnurished, de Wagt told the AP.
“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.” Nearly 260,000 people in Somalia died from severe drought between 2010 and 2012.
UNICEF said that only $24 million has been raised out of $115 million needed to prevent the Nigerian starvation. The Islamist terror group has displaced some 2.2 million people, 65,000 of whom are living in famine-like conditions.
UNICEF and other agencies have not been able to deliver food supplies because of continued attacks by Boko Haram. A UNICEF worker was wounded when a rocket hit a military-escorted humanitarian convoy in July.
Since 2009, Boko Haram have raped, kidnapped, pillaged and murdered Christians and moderate Muslims in Nigeria to establish an Islamic caliphate and implement sharia law.