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>> Millions of people in North of Nigeria are teetering on the brink of famine. My name is Alexis Acquaduram. I'm Senior Works as Nigeria correspondent and I'm reporting from a camp for internally displaced people in an area called Gambora Ngalla. Now, the problem that's coming in the next few weeks will be the rainy season.
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That's expected to start within the next two months. And with the rainy season, they're relying on these straw fences, these straw homes, and the cloth to protect them from the harsh rain that will come. And they're also far less likely to be able to go out and farm and fend for themselves.
00:00:38
So they will be relying on rations and rations alone. This is a camp that holds around 140,000 people. And most of these people are among the two million who've been displaced in northeast Nigeria as a result of the Boko Haram Islamist militant insurgency, which has gone on since 2009.
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But humanitarian experts fear that there is a grave risk that this crisis is going to spiral out of control. One of the reasons is a shortfall in funding in the international community. The World Food Program had wanted some $200 million to be donated within the next 6 months.
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But so far it's only received around 13% of the money that it expected to receive. So there's a grave risk that the World Food Program could run out of money within the next few weeks. In addition to that, experts have criticized the Nigerian government for their handling of this crisis.
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Initially, they say that Nigeria was slow to respond and underestimated the extent of this crisis and since then, the response has been hobbled by allegations of corruption. And it is also connected with the discovery of $45 million in cash in a luxury apartment in Lagos, the commercial capital, in the southwest.
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So the allegation suggests that contracts were awarded for work that should have been carried out to deal with this crisis, but the money was actually diverted for other means.