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UK to spend £15m on malnutrition in northeast

Cross section of Internally Displaced Persons at a camp in Maiduguri durinbg ICRC’s visit. Photo: Dauda Iliya/Radio Nigeria

The United Kingdom says it will spend £15 million of emergency humanitarian funding to provide vital food and nutrition assistance for vulnerable people in the North-Eastern states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe.

A statement by the British High Commission in Abuja says the money will fund the UNICEF and World Food Programme to deliver life-saving activities to respond to crisis and emergency levels of food insecurity and malnutrition for vulnerable people, including malnourished women and children.

It explains that the food assistance funding is part of the UK’s wider commitment to prioritise life-saving humanitarian aid to communities around the world who are most vulnerable due to the ongoing combination of crises. 

Acting British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Gill Atkinson said as conflict continues, 4.1 million people are facing a food crisis in North-East Nigeria and the emergency funding supports the UK’s work alongside the Nigerian government to build security in the face of growing instability in the north of the country.

Writing by Hamza Alkali; editing by Ajibade Oluwaseyi, Muzha Kucha