In a bid to alleviate humanitarian crisis in the country, UNICEF said it has revised its humanitarian appeal for Nigeria from US$ 55 million to US$ 115 million to assist an additional 750,000 people who can now be reached across conflict-affected areas in the northeast of the country.
This was contained in a press release signed by Doune Porter, Chief of Communication, UNICEF office in Abuja and sent to Nigerian Pilot yesterday.
The funding comes as a series of massive coordinated emergency polio immunisation and nutrition campaigns in northeast Nigeria and neighbouring countries is underway, targeting 1.8 million children in Borno state alone. The immunisation campaign is also identifying and treating children with severe malnutrition, UNICEF explained.
The statement read, ‘’ As new areas open up to humanitarian assistance, the true scale of the Boko Haram related crisis and its impact on children is being revealed. An estimated 400,000 children under five will suffer from severe acute malnutrition in three states across the northeast this year. More than 4 million people are facing severe food shortages and 65,000 people are living in famine-like conditions, mostly in Borno, the worst affected state.
UNICEF’s Director of Emergency Programmes, Afshan Khan said, “Children’s lives are literally hanging by a thread,” “We are reaching new areas to provide critical humanitarian assistance but we need greater international support to further scale up and reach all children in dire need,” she added.
UNICEF further stated that destruction of whole towns and villages further complicates the response, adding that 60% of health clinics have been partially or completely destroyed and 75 percent of water and sanitation facilities require rehabilitation in Borno state.
‘’Nearly one million children are now displaced across the northeast, a million are out of school and hundreds of thousands psychologically affected from the horrors they have lived through.’’
UNICEF also disclosed that since April it has increased its response in the areas worst-affected by the Boko Haram conflict, supporting basic health care and nutrition for children and mothers, and helping provide safe water and sanitation, child protection services and learning opportunities.

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