'Alarming' levels of malnutrition and famine-like conditions in north-east Nigeria. Credit: UN Photo

Inching Closer to Mass Starvation: Nigeria’s Ticking Time Bomb

August 7, 2017 Cheick Ba

In the dusty arid town of Dikwa, tens of thousands of Nigerians queue for hours in sweltering 40-degree heat for water. Fatuma is one of 100,000 people displaced in the Borno State town, the epicenter of Nigeria’s conflict. She sifts through remnants of food aid seeds, drying them out to prepare them to eat. The violence was the first thing Nigerians feared for their lives. Now they fear famine.

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