The situation in northeastern Nigeria, and particularly in the state of Borno, has worsened in recent months and attacks by Boko Haram and his spin-off Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) have increased. , which led to more and more people relying on humanitarian aid to survive. The arrival of the corona virus will further increase this number, which is why the United Nations is calling for humanitarian aid to be funded.
“Before the coronavirus, there was already a significant increase in the number of people in need of help,” which rose from 7.1 million in 2019 to 7.9 million this year, as well as the number of people who are food-insecure and who are getting past the famine , which is already 3.7 million compared to 3 million last year, said the spokeswoman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the country, Eve Sabbagh.
After ten years of violence in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe, around 1.9 million people have been displaced, 80 percent of whom are the most punished in the first of these countries. Many of them live in overcrowded camps with “little access to sufficient water and sanitation”, which is why “relieving the pressure on the fields is a priority,” he emphasizes.
“When we look at how hundreds of displaced people lost their grass-covered flames in fires that quickly spread from one shelter to another due to overcrowding, we can imagine the catastrophic effects of an infectious disease like COVID-19 in these locations,” the UN spokesman points out, referring to the recent fires in which some displaced people even died.