Thousands at Risk of Starvation in Nigeria, Aid Agencies Warn

April 30, 2017

As the number of people in north-east Nigeria on the brink of famine climbs to 1.5m, aid agencies are warning that food stocks are dwindling, putting thousands of lives at risk. The UN’s World Food Programme blames a funding shortfall for the deepening crisis, which comes at a crucial time. 

“The pipeline of food needs to be steadier and stronger,” said Yannick Pouchalan, the country director for Action Against Hunger. “If we have to deal with financial constraints, we’ll deal with them, but we need to do this in a way where people who are most in need are served.”