The spectre of Kwashiorkor we thought came and went with Biafra, is still very much alive with us. It merely changed location. Fr the victims, it appears tomorrow may be too far if help does not come soon.

I just came upon these photographs of malnourished children in Nguru, Yobe State. Here UNICEF is overwhelmed working round the clock to administering RUSF – Ready to Use Supplementary Food as well as Ready to Use Therapeutic Feeding for children suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition (S.A.M).

Nguru is only one as the case is pervasive in the North East, especially Borno, Yobe and Adamawa. Worst still, the persisting insurgency has not helped matters. In a Punch Online Report of July 22, 2022, Mathias Schwale, noted that the latest food security assessments, estimates that 4.1 million people in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states of Nigeria are threatened by severe food insecurity. 1.74 million Children under five are expected to suffer from acute malnutrition across the North-East.
According to Oscar Schindler, “whoever saves one life, saves the world entire.”

All hands must be on the plough to “save the country, one life at a time.” For them, tomorrow may be too far. Churches and all people of faith must wake up, as well as all public spirited individuals to respond to the urgency of the moment.
When you hear that many Nigerian families are not sure of one square meal a day, it is no longer story but a reality of our time. Those working behind the frontlines of these crisis points in Nigeria, know what I am talking about, and they live with this nightmare.

Currently more that 8million people most of whom are women and children need nutritional assistance if they must survive. It is time to rise above our primordial sentiments and reach out to these our brothers and sisters going through the trauma of hunger and dire poverty. It should not matter the race and the creed now, but for the sake of our common humanity.
The time to act is now.

 

#hunger, #malnutrition, # North East Nigeria,  #Unicef

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