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>> Large parts of northeast Nigeria face a major humanitarian crisis with tens of thousands of people facing starvation or even at risk of death by starvation. My name is Alexis Akwagyiram. I'm Seniors Reuters Nigeria Correspondent and I'm reporting from the Bakassi camp in Maiduguri. This is a camp for internally displaced people.
00:00:21
And Maiduguri is the city in Borno state which has bore the brunt of the Islamic militant group Boko Haram's seven year insurgency. Now over the last seven years Boko Haram's bombs have killed around 15,000 people and left more than 2 million people displaced. In these remote areas people are starving and people are living in harsh conditions.
00:00:44
Because these are people, 80% of them rely on subsistence farming. And their farming has been affected because Boco Haram militants have come in. They've taken their cattle, they've razed their villages to the ground, and they've destroyed their livelihoods. So they have nothing to live on. The UN estimates that some 75,000 children are at risk of death from starvation in the next few months if they do not receive humanitarian assistance.
00:01:09
The UN also estimates that around 4 million people in this region require some form of humanitarian assistance. Now the next challenge facing people here, in this camp and across the region, will be the weather and the seasons. In the rainy season there was a lull in attacks, but the attacks have started to spring up again.
00:01:28
Increasingly, we're getting reports of suicide bombers attacking and raids on villages in remote, hard-to-reach areas of the northeast.