Amid violence raging in northeast of the country, thousands of Nigerian families flee across the border to the neighbouring Cameroon where the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) provides humanitarian assistance to people.
According to the data provided by WFP about 8,000 Nigerians have escaped to the northern region of Cameroon from the troubled Adamawa, Yobe and Borno states mostly affected by insurgency, since May, Nigerian Tribune reports.
While the locals are doing everything possible to help the refugees, the food stocks are said to be running low causing undernourishment of the newcomers.
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The body representative in Cameroon was quoted saying:
“Local communities have helped as much as they can but these refugees are in dire need of food and other assistance. We have found worrying levels of malnutrition, especially among children. Addressing this is a priority for WFP and our humanitarian partners.”
To battle the problem WFP not only distributes food but also provides healthcare assistance by providing local clinics with new stocks of special nutritional products to help curb malnutrition. With respect to the current security situation in Nigeria’s north, the organization doesn’t exclude the possibility of new mass flee from the country and targets for an operation to assist as many as 50,000 by the end of the year.Continue reading
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