Malnutrition is responsible for around 35% of all deaths in children under the age of five worldwide. It is estimated that 50% of this malnutrition is related to diarrhoea or repeated intestinal infestations caused by unsafe water, inadequate sanitation or poor hygiene conditions. As a result of the conflict with Boko Haram, the north east of Nigeria is the scene of an alarming nutrition crisis.
Water is a key component in the EU's response provided through humanitarian organisations deployed on the ground. Not only does safe water grants survival for those displaced, but it helps prevent undernutrition, a disease that has already reached emergency levels in the region.
Story and photos by Isabel Coello
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