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From last weekend, non-states armed groups attacked civilians and aid facilities in Damasak, north-east of Nigeria.
The hospital, the stabilisation center where children affected with severe acute malnutrition are treated, NGOs offices and aid workers’ homes were targeted and destroyed.
Action against Hunger denounces in the strongest terms this new wave of violence against humanitarian aid. Mid-March, the IPC acute malnutrition analysis was released for the North East of Nigeria. The forecast is appalling, more than 1.1 million children under five years old are expected to suffer from acute malnutrition and 605 000 children from severe acute malnutrition which can result in death without treatment. According to WFP and FAO, the North East of Nigeria is at risk of famine in 2021.
It is of the uttermost importance that safe access to humanitarian aid is guaranteed for the population. Action against Hunger urges all the parties of the conflict to respect and apply the International Humanitarian Law to ensure that vulnerable populations find relief and NGOs access to those people in need.
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