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Showing posts with label Nigeria | The Guardian. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Nigeria | The Guardian. Show all posts

Friday, 16 June 2017

One meal a day: the Lake Chad crisis in pictures

The extreme north of Cameroon is suffering a food shortage exacerbated by climate change and conflict with Boko Haram. Fighting has spread across the borders from Nigeria into the countries of the Lake Chad region creating a refugee and famine crisis. It was once a tourist destination, but now people fleeing violence are housed in unnamed refugee camps where they are lucky to get a single meal each day

Ramata Modou, 58, holds a photograph of herself. Ramata is community leader at the IDP (internally displaced persons) camp for women and children, Mémé

When armed men entered Ramata’s village her husband suffered a heart attack and died. Her 17-year-old daughter was kidnapped, her three-month-old daughter strapped to her back. When Ramata first fled to Mémé she slept under trees for two months with her six children.

Whenever you speak to people, they talk about food. I have seen a lot of children suffering from malnutrition

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Monday, 12 June 2017

Nigeria's food crisis: by the time famine is declared, it's too late

The UN’s appeal to assist people in north-east Nigeria is too late to avert a disaster eight years in the making

The rains have arrived in Nigeria since my last visit in March, washing away some of the harmattan dust that previously shrouded the city in a red haze. The country is now in its planting season, with farmers taking advantage of the regular rainfall to sow their seeds. While my colleagues have been celebrating the fact that they can now sleep comfortably in cooler temperatures, Nigeria has entered it’s lean season; belts are tightened to bridge the gap between last year’s produce running out, and this year’s crops being ready to harvest.

On my first day back in Abuja in April, a friend and fellow aid worker attended a meeting of UN agencies and other humanitarian organisations called in light of the emergency – and likely famine – that was looming in the north-eastern states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe.

Related: Famine threatens lives of nearly half a million Nigerian children, says Unicef

A photo of one actually starving child can be worth more than 8.5 million children at risk of starvation

Related: A tale of two droughts: one killed 260,000 people, the other none. Why? | Assia Sidibe

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Wednesday, 31 May 2017

'They came while we were alseep': Lagos residents tell of brutal evictions

Three times in the past six months, the waterfront slums of Lagos have been forcibly – and often violently – evicted by the government. Thousands have been displaced and some killed. Here, eight former residents tell their story

The Otodo Gbame and Itedo communities of two of the largest informal fishing settlements in Lagos, with an estimated population of 40,000 people living on the waterside. On 17 March, in the early hours, the Itedo community was forced to flee when government bulldozers arrived to destroy their neighbourhood.

Officials have variously cited environmental concerns as well as security against “militants” as the reason for the demolitions, which have now evicted at least 35,000 people and have continued despite a January court injunction ordering they be halted. Few Nigerians doubt that the appropriated lands, located on choice waterfront property, will be used to build luxury enclaves.

Our only crime is being poor

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