MSF says it has already treated thousands of children for acute malnutrition, measles, malaria and other conditions.
The rise of violence in the northwestern Nigerian state of Amfara is fueling a humanitarian crisis, according to Médecins Sans Frontières (Médecins Sans Frontières).
The region has struggled with decades of community-based resource conflicts, but recently some groups have become more violent: looting, theft, refugee abduction, and people fleeing to areas where aid groups are struggling to respond.
In a statement issued on Thursday, MSF said it had treated 10,300 children in severely malnutrition, measles, malaria and other conditions in the treated amphora in January-April.
“This is 54% higher than in the same period last year,” said Godwin Emudanohvo, a doctor at the USSR.
“People here now need food, safe water and vaccinations. “Families say they will not be able to make farmers in the new season, which means a new period of famine.”
Nearly 700,000 people were internally displaced in northwestern կենտրոն north-central Nigeria in February, including more than 124,000 in the Am Amfara alone, according to the United Nations Migration Agency (IOM).
Authorities are struggling to respond in a region that already has Nigeria’s highest poverty rate, according to a report by the International Crisis Group (ICG) think tank.
“As of 2019, all seven states in the region have had poverty levels above the national average. Millions of people do not have access to basic health care and clean water, and immunization coverage is much lower than national targets,” it said.
In Amfara state, criminal gangs known as bandits have set up camps in the Rugo forest, which they use as a springboard for attacks in neighboring Kaduna, Katsina, Sokoto, Kebbi and Niger.
For more than a decade, security forces in the northeast of the country have been tightening their grip on the insurgency.
Violence in the Northwest has escalated to sexual violence, MSF said, when gunmen attacked some of their abducted victims.
Fear of traveling on dangerous roads means that rape survivors often seek help late or not at all.
“What is happening here is a humanitarian emergency that needs urgent attention, a quick and proper response,” said Fruke Pelsman, head of the BSF mission in Nigeria.