Over half a million children are highly malnourished in west African region and lives of those are in danger, said United Nations on Monday.
The region has been wracked by Islamist extremist group Boko Haram since 2009 and UN humanitarian co-ordinator Toby Lanzer reveals millions of people just get one meal a day in the region and some communities have even lost their children due to malnourished.
In past seven years Boko Haram has insurgency has killed more than 20,000 people and about two million people have been displaced.
Lanzer said, “What we have seen is extraordinary. I have seen adults sapped of all energy, who are almost unable to walk. We have had villages and towns devoid of two and three and four-year-old children because they’ve died.”
He added some of the towns have been destroyed too by the group making the residents cut off from the outside world.
In December 2016 Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari declared the country is free from Boko Haram militants, but attacks were carried out in some places including suicide bombings by two female extremist members at a north-eastern Nigerian market that killed more than 30 people and injured about 67.
In 2014 the terror group attacked a girls boarding school in Chibok and kidnapped more than 200 of them. Some escaped, few have been freed and many are still missing.