In the midst of a water crisis, the government of the Nigerian state Lagos made it illegal for people to fetch water. A bill passed last week bans the digging of new boreholes and criminalizes selling or transporting water. Nigerian activists condemned the rules saying that they prioritize efforts to privatize water in the city.
As many as 1.4 million children in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen are at risk of dying from famine, according to UNICEF. U.N. agencies are appealing for emergency support to help tens of millions of people suffering from hunger across the four countries, before they descend into famine. Famine was declared in parts of South Sudan on Monday. Formally invoking the world famine for the northern-central part of the country means that hunger is starting to kill people and will continue if nothing is done.
More than 20 million people – greater than the population of Romania or Florida – risk dying from starvation within six months in four separate famines, U.N. World Food Program Chief Economist Arif Husain said.
More than 7 million people living in West Africa’s Lake Chad basin are surviving on just one meal a day, a U.N. official warned. With millions of Nigerians displayed from their homes, a regional crisis is brewing. U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel Toby Lanzer said that international help is crucial for people living in Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria, and to prevent a deadly hunger crisis.
An airstrike intended to hit Boko Haram militants struck a camp for people displaced by fighting in the region, military officials told the media. More than 100 people are feared dead, one local official told the Associated Press.
A growing hunger crisis and inadequate humanitarian response are conspiring against children in northeastern Nigeria. As many as half of all children under 5 years old are acutely malnourished, according to Save the Children. If nothing is done, up to 75,000 children could die – about 205 a day.
Women and girls fleeing the brutal Islamist group Boko Haram are not finding safety in camps for displaced people. The Nigerian soldiers and police who are supposed to protect them are raping and sexually assaulting them, according to Human Rights Watch.
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