FAMINE: DEATH’S NEW ADOPTED SON IN NORTHERN NIGERIA

The insurgency in Northern Nigeria has brought pain, loss, separation, tears, diseases, destitution and death. Yes, it has been contained, at least from what they let us know, but the scars are still obvious with pain audible in the ears and clear to the eyes.

The consequent effect has seen means of livelihood destroyed, resources depleted and the future seems to be void of solace and empty of hope.  The country is going through one of the most telling economic recession in its fledgling democracy; and it seems everyone has where the shoe hurts them; and no one seems to take note of the severe famine going on in the North East.

According to the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), 1.4 million children will die in Nigeria, Lake Chad and South Sudan with about 50 % of the mortality rate happening in North East Nigeria.

Hundreds of thousands of children under the age of five will suffer from severe acute malnutrition this year, with up to 20% dying unless more is done to reach them. The estimated number of affected children is 450,000, with 14 million people needing humanitarian assistance across the region.

Nonetheless, if the government can pay attention to the food situation in the North East we should be able to reduce the mortality

rate and gradually eradicate famine. The government can exchange resources in that region for food from other parts of the country with a sustainable food plan (just thinking aloud). If not careful, the North East may have its cloud darkened by vultures waiting to devour hapless children and rid us of a bright tomorrow.

Hopefully with the resurgence of agriculture and the less dependence on Petrol, it should yield for us in the future. But right now, the Nigerian government should put measures in place to salvage the situation. Or else, we may not have minds that would liberate our economy and the region in years to come.

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