Sun, Apr 23, 2017 | updated 11:24 PM IST

75,000 children at risk of starving to death in Nigeria within months: UN

Updated: Nov 16, 2016 23:02 IST      
75,000 children at risk of starving to death in Nigeria within months: UN

London [United Kingdom], Nov. 16 (ANI): The United Nations said on Tuesday that 75,000 children are at the risk of dying in "a few months" due to starvation in Nigeria following the Boko Haram insurgency in country's ravaged north-east parts.

Waste has been left to the impoverished region by the Boko Haram jihadists ever since they took up on arms against the government in 2009 which has led to the displacement of millions and has disrupted farming and trade in the region.

Insurgency has taken a brutal toll with more than 20,000 people dead, 2.6 million displaced, and famine taking root despite the fact that Nigeria's president, Muhammadu Buhari, has reclaimed territory from the Islamists.

According to UN humanitarian coordinator Peter Lundberg, the crisis was unfolding at "high speed".

"Our assessment is that 14 million people are identified as in need of humanitarian assistance" by 2017, The Guardian quoted Lundberg as saying in the Nigerian capital, Abuja.

Of them, 400,000 children are in critical need of assistance, while 75,000 could die "in [the] few months ahead of us", he added.

The UN hopes to target half of the 14 million people and the Nigerian government working to reach the rest.

However, Lundberg said that the UN cannot avert the crisis as it does not have enough money.

Calling on international partners, the private sector and Nigerian philanthropists to "join hands" to tackle the problem, Lundberg said, "We need to reach out to the private sector, to the philanthropists in Nigeria."

"We will ask international partners to step in because we can only solve this situation if we actually join hands," he said.

The UN has not declared a "level three" emergency, the classification for the most severe crisis which would draw more attention and desperately needed funds to Nigeria even though the World Food Programme warning of "famine-like conditions."

"The humanitarian response hasn't scaled up adequately to meet a growing demand for food, particularly in the more remote camps in the north-east," said Roddy Barclay, an intelligence analyst at consultancy firm Africa Practice. (ANI)

New Delhi [India], April 23 (ANI): U.S. President Donald Trump has called the French presidential elections as 'very interesting'.

Full Story >>

Jeddah [Pakistan], April 23 (ANI): Saudi Arabia's Prince Khaled bin Salman has been appointed as the country's new ambassador to the United States.

Full Story >>

Aden [Yemen], April 23 (ANI): As many as 10 soldiers were killed in a blast that struck a military camp in Yemen's southern Aden city on Sunday, Anadolu news agency reported citing a military source.

Full Story >>

N. Korea detains U.S. citizen: Media reports

Updated: Apr 23, 2017 18:42 IST

Seoul, [South Korea], April 23 (ANI): A U.S. citizen was reportedly detained by the North Korean authorities at Pyongyang International Airport on his way out of the country on Friday, Yonhap news agency reported citing sources on Sunday.

Full Story >>

Kathmandu [Nepal], April 23 (ANI): Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Sunday met Communist Party of Nepal- Unified Marxist-Leninist (CPN-UML) Chairman K.P. Sharma Oli and discussed the issue of holding the local polls in two phases.

Full Story >>

Lahore [Pakistan], April 23 (ANI): The Pakistan People's Party (PPP) will launch a movement across the country to press Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign and expose his government's inability to control electricity load shedding despite remaining in power for about four years.

Full Story >>

Kabul [Afghanistan], April 23 (ANI): At least ten militants, including five members of the Al-Qaeda terrorist network, were killed in a series of airstrikes in Afghanistan's southern Zabul province.

Full Story >>

Kabul [Afghanistan], Apr 23 (ANI): German officials have voiced concern over the possibility of thousands of former Taliban fighters having entered the country over the past two years among an influx of more than a million migrants and refugees.

Full Story >>

U.S. citizen detained in North Korea

Updated: Apr 23, 2017 14:20 IST

Seoul [South Korea], Apr 23 (ANI): A former Korean-American professor was arrested in North Korea last week, becoming the third U.S. citizen to be detained by Pyongyang of late.

Full Story >>

Kabul [Afghanistan], Apr 23 (ANI): As officials fear that the death toll of Friday's Taliban attack at the Afghan security forces in Balkh Province may increase, Ibrahim Khairandish, a member of the provincial council of the province, describing the horror stated that there was even a "shortage of coffins".

Full Story >>

France votes in presidential election

Updated: Apr 23, 2017 12:28 IST

Paris [France], Apr 23 (ANI): Voting is presently underway in France for the first phase of the presidential election that comes amidst heightened security concerns for the country following a string of deadly terror attacks.

Full Story >>

Kathmandu [Nepal], Apr 23 (ANI): The ruling alliance and the United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) have agreed to go for the local polls in two phases and fast track passage of the Constitution Amendment Bill.

Full Story >>

Concerns grow as Chinese jihadis rise in Syria

Updated: Apr 23, 2017 10:22 IST

Beijing [China], Apr 23 (ANI): Analysts have warned of the increasing security threat to Beijing as Chinese jihadis are on the rise in Syria, thereby forcing the country to rethink its Middle East strategy.

Full Story >>

Beijing [China], Apr 23 (ANI): Refuting the reports of Beijing putting its air force bombers on "high alert" after tensions in the Korean Peninsula, the Ministry of National Defense said that the Chinese forces are keeping their standard operational

Full Story >>

Islamabad [Pakistan], Apr 23 (ANI): Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has said he would go after Pakistan People's Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari as his struggle to pursue the alleged corruption charges against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had reached a conclusion.

Full Story >>

Paris [France], Apr 23 (ANI): The Presidential elections in continental France is slated for Sunday, while the run-off is expected to take place on May 7.

Full Story >>

Canberra [Australia], Apr 23 (ANI): North Korea has warned Australia of a possible nuclear strike if Canberra persists in "blindly and zealously toeing the U.S. line."

Full Story >>

New York [U.S.A.], Apr 23 (ANI): Former United States president Barack Obama will deliver the first public remarks of his post-presidency, three months after leaving the White House.

Full Story >>

Kabul [Afghanistan], Apr 23 (ANI): The local and international media were still waiting for the National Unity Government (NUG) and the Ministry of Defence to release details on the exact casualty toll of Friday afternoon's deadly attack on the Afghan National Army's 209 Shaheen Corps Headquarters in Balkh province even more than 24 hours after the incident.

Full Story >>

Venezuela: Protests leave 13 dead in one day

Updated: Apr 23, 2017 03:51 IST

New York [U.S.A.], Apr 23 (ANI): In the wake of reports that as many 13 people were killed in one day in Venezuela's Caracas, people have planned to take to the streets dressed in white to pay tribute to those killed in the anti-government demonstrations this month.

Full Story >>