The humanitarian crisis that is rocking northeastern Nigeria has intensified in recent months at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, and the UN is already estimating that more than 10.6 million people will need help this year, a number with no precedent in a region with 13 million inhabitants.
Northeast Nigeria has lived in uncertainty for more than a decade due to the activities of groups like Boko Haram who claim the establishment of an Islamic state. Rising violence and restrictions due to COVID-19 have made the situation worse in the states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe.
According to the United Nations, four out of five people will therefore need humanitarian aid, an increase of 50 percent over the 2019 data. The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator Edward Kallon has warned that the numbers are already “the” recorded in five years of joint response “by various organizations.
“If we don’t act immediately, we should prepare for increasing conflict, hunger and poverty,” complained Kallon, fearing the “devastating” effects the health emergency could have on an already vulnerable population.