The warning follows years of insecurity associated with non-state armed groups that have disrupted livelihoods and forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee in search of refuge.
More than a million children are already reported to be malnourished. Runway spokesman Thomson Phiri.
He told reporters in Geneva that by the end of the month the agency may have to cut the diet of more than half a million women, men and children in northeastern Nigeria unless at least $ 55 million in new funding is found.
“We are facing a very serious level of hunger that we have witnessed since then, which is probably the highest level of hunger that we have seen since the outbreak of the crisis in 2016. An estimated 4.4 million people face acute food insecurity. in the conflict-affected states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe. ”
Deciding who eats
Phiri said that COVID-19 led to higher food prices and limited food supplies, and the number of internally displaced persons exceeded two million in September, another grim milestone.
Chris Nikoy, WFP West Africa Regional Director observable during a recent visit that “cutting back on food means choosing who will eat and who goes to bed hungry.”
“We see funding for our humanitarian life-saving efforts dwindling right at a time when hunger is at its worst, “he warned, recalling that WFP’s food aid is” a lifeline for millions of people whose lives have been turned upside down by conflict and have little to survive. ”
Feeding people in search of safety
The number of people displaced from their homes in search of safety in northeastern Nigeria is growing steadily.
“Cutting Food Aid Will Be Painful Decision for Humanitarians as it will negatively impact children, women and men displaced from their homes due to ongoing violence, ”said Edward Callon, UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, urging partners to“ step up ”support in response to growing needs.
Keep the path of life
For five years, WFP has provided vital food and nutrition assistance to food insecure displaced families in camps and vulnerable people living in host communities.
This year, relying on the continued generosity of donor partners, WFP stepped up its response to growing food security and the impact of COVID-19, reaching 1.9 million displaced people across the country.
However, WFP urgently needs $ 197 million to support humanitarian operations in northeastern Nigeria until March 2022.
“We must act now to save lives and prevent disruptions along this path of life,” said Regional Director Nikoy.