Hunger, Death Stalk Millions in Forgotten Lake Chad Basin

by Lisa Schlein

Photo: UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien, Germany’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sigmar Gabriel, Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Borge Brende, and Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama attend a press conference at the Oslo Humanitarian Conference on Nigeria and the Lake Chad Region in Oslo, Norway, Feb. 24, 2017. [courtesy Voice of America]

The Lake Chad Basin is into the ninth year of a humanitarian crisis that does not appear to be easing. The United Nations is asking the international community to help millions of refugees and displaced people in Africa’s Lake Chad Basin. The Boko Haram insurgency is mainly responsible for a crisis that has left huge numbers vulnerable to hunger, malnutrition and violence.