Hunger gnaws at host families in Boko Haram-hit northeast Nigeria


From Reuters:

“When Boko Haram militants stormed Kaka Mohammed’s hometown of Bama in northeast Nigeria two years ago and kidnapped one of her sons, she escaped with her disabled daughter carried in a wheelbarrow and her other two children fleeing on foot.

Mohammed and her children, among the 1.7 million Nigerians uprooted by Boko Haram, were taken in by a family in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, the jihadists’ former stronghold.

But both the displaced and host families are going hungry amid a deepening food crisis and the threat of imminent famine.

“As soon as there is peace I want to return home – I don’t want to live here any more,” said 30-year-old Mohammed, who lives with a woman named Zana Malambanwe and her family.

“The children are suffering, there is no food. They have been complaining bitterly,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Some 4.4 million people like Mohammed are going hungry across northeast Nigeria, and two million need food aid urgently, according to the U.N. World Food Programme (WFP).”


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