Media CenterCRS & Other NGOs Highlight dire Food Security Situation in Lake Chad Region
As international donors meet at the Oslo Humanitarian Conference on Nigeria and the Lake Chad Region to discuss the humanitarian crisis caused by Boko Haram, Catholic Relief Services joins international humanitarian organizations highlighting the dire food security and nutrition situation in the region.
Now in its seventh year, and spanning the countries of Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Nigeria, the Lake Chad Basin crisis has been estimated to affect 10 million people in one of the world’s poorest, most drought-prone regions. CRS is responding across all four countries, providing emergency food, livelihoods, water, sanitation and hygiene and agricultural assistance.
According to the joint humanitarian organization statement, “Across the Lake Chad region, levels of maternal and child mortality and undernutrition are alarming. In Nigeria, every year 750 000 children die before their fifth birthday. In Chad, 4% of children die within their first month. Malaria and diarrheal diseases are endemic.”