Malnutrition rates in Nigeria “horrifying”

by Eromo Egbejule

20-month-old Ummi Mustafa and her mother, Maiduguri, Nigeria. The latest red flag from FEWS NET draws particular attention to places like Banki Town and Bama in Borno State, where the threat of Boko Haram violence continues to limit movement and prevent humanitarian access. Photo: Credit: Guy Calaf/Action Against Hunger USA
20-month-old Ummi Mustafa and her mother, Maiduguri, Nigeria.  The latest red flag from FEWS NET draws particular attention to places like Banki Town and Bama in Borno State, where the threat of Boko Haram violence continues to limit movement and prevent humanitarian access.  Photo: © Guy Calaf/Action Against Hunger USA (Click to see larger photo.)

Levels of Global Acute Malnutrition for children in northeastern Nigeria recorded in July and August were well over the 15 percent threshold deemed “critical”, and, in some cases, higher than 50 percent, meaning more than half the children surveyed suffered from moderate or severe acute malnutrition.