The situation in northeast Nigeria is beyond alarming. An estimated 5.1 million people are currently in need of food assistance. Conflict between Boko Haram and the armed forces has forced hundreds of thousands to flee, leaving behind razed villages and crop fields. With little income and insufficient food, malnutrition rates are spiralling, and are well over the emergency levels as defined by the World Health Organization.
The EU is funding numerous relief organisations to address the nutrition situation and prevent a catastrophe. Non-governmental organisations ALIMA and Action Against Hunger are among them. Learn about their life-saving work in Maiduguri, capital of Borno state.
Story and photos by Isabel Coello
Photo credits: ©EC/ECHO/ Isabel Coello