(Maj. Gen. Paul Tarfa) On the Occasion of The One-Day Round Table Review for the North-East Peace Building Initiative in Nigeria. Organized by Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution in Abuja.
You may recall that the conflict in Nigeria’s North-East provoked by Book
Haram has resulted in widespread displacement, Violence’s of international humanitarian and human rights law, protection risks and a deepening humanitarian crisis.
The prolonged humanitarian crisis has a devastating impact on food security and nutrition in in Nigeria’s Northeast with millions of people in need of emergency food assistance.
However, as the humanitarian crisis in Nigeria’s north-east spills over
into the lake Chad region in an astronomical magnitude, food security and
the nutrition situation remains extremely fragile across the northeast,
particularly given the high level of aid dependency.
It’s estimated that up to 3 million people are suffer from critical food
insecurity. Almost a million children aged from 6 months to 5 years are
acutely malnourished, with 440,000 facing severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) .
according to the Borno State government some few weeks ago, the state
warehouses over 40,000 orphans, 57,000 wisdows and about 500,000 displaced persons in the most deplorable conditions.
The devastation on infrastructure is unbelievable, as the united Nations UN
has estimated and infrastructure loss of $9 billion dollars. These terrible
statistics remain a huge national and internal concern despite constructive
engagements and join efforts locally and internationally to stem the tide.