Displaced by Boko Haram, 450 Nigerian children die of malnutrition

Internally Displaced Persons

About 450 children died of malnutrition in 28 Internally Displaced Persons’ camps in Borno state in 2015, an official has said.

The Executive Director of the Board of the Borno Emergency Management Agency, Sule Mele, disclosed this on Sunday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Maiduguri.

Mr. Mele said the victims were aged between one and five years.

He said more than 209,577 children were screened for various illnesses, including malnutrition, malaria, diarrhoea and vomiting.

According to him, about 6,444 severe cases of malnutrition were recorded in the camps, 25,511 have mild to moderate symptoms, while 177,622 among them were not malnourished.

He attributed the large number of malnourished children to lack of access to highly nutritious foods in the camps.

“Poor feeding practices, such as inadequate breastfeeding, offering the wrong foods and not ensuring that the child gets enough nutritious food also contribute to malnutrition.

“The food that is mostly served in the camps is always adults in nature which affect the health, growth and physical development of the children.

“Even if the children get enough to eat, they will become malnourished if the food they eat does not provide the proper amounts of micro-nutrients, vitamins and minerals to meet daily nutritional requirements.

“The children should at least be fed with an enriched groundnut pap, crayfish, periwinkles, millet, soya beans, moi-moi, fishes, pap, ugba and a whole lot of others.

“The effects of inadequate nutrition and malnutrition include stunting and recurrent infections or chronic diseases.

“Poor nutrition in terms of foods and feeding behaviours, especially during the first two years of life can lead to low immunity, significant illness, late development and death,’’ he said.

However, Mr. Mele said the state government is partnering with an NGO, Community-Based Management of Acute Malnutrition , in treating children with severe acute malnutrition in the camps.

He urged the Federal Government to adopt the U.S. Special Supplemental Nutrition Programme for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), for healthcare and nutrition to enable proper supplementary feeding for the kids in IDP camps.

Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency that has ravaged Northern Nigeria since 2010.

About 20,000 people have also died during the crisis.



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  • jay jay

    Humanity is wicked. Buhari needs all the billions to feed in Aso Rock but can’t feed the people displaced by a political war. Shame on you guys

  • Cleartruth

    Does it mean the billions of naira given by UN for the welfare of the idps is not being used for them? Our leaders are wicked.

    • Otile

      As always the parasites will be backward, will be in need for ever. No amount of humanitarian aid will solve their problems. Nigeria needs to separate.

  • Okotie

    There are more mortality figures in the Niger Delta as a result of the pollution of the rivers, land and air via the environmental terrorists – Shell, Exxon mobil, Eni and by proxy the government of Federal Republic of Nigeria purportedly led by one M. Buhari.

    It is no longer news that Cancers of varied kinds kill the indigent population in the Niger Delta annually. A recent BBC documentary and Amnesty International report were the focus of this criminality and gross irresponsibility by the Nigerian government that has besieged the Niger Delta with its military to protect oil pipelines to guarantee money to run a government that budgets thrice as much for the Aso Rock clinic of Mr Buhari and his miserable family than for all the Federal hospitals across Nigeria catering for over 180m people. It is a mockery of demoncracy but I must emphasize that no one is surprised. When you place a man who could not convincingly pass his Secondary school exams to lead a nation, then you can only expect absurdities as this.

  • Otile

    I am sorry for these under-aged mothers. Islam is madness. Northern sheepish leadership is bad. O lord, wherefore must human beings suffer this kind of fate in a rich country?. Out of greed, Gowon and Awolowo caused similar cruelty to Igbo children. One would think that Nigerian sheepish leaders learned anything from the genocide.

    Najeriya, Najeriya, where is commonsense, where is wisdom, Najeriya where is wisdom?