News in Brief 07 May 2015 (PM)

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Women and children facing malnutrition after fleeing Boko Haram in Nigeria

Thousands of women and children in cross-border regions between Nigeria Cameroon, Niger and Chad face the prospects of malnutrition according to the World Food Programme (WFP).

They have fled areas where the terrorist Boko Haram group has been operating.

In the first three months of 2015, WFP provided food assistance to more than 100,000 refugees and other vulnerable people.

However, due to a lack of funding, less than half the people the agency planned to support with life-saving assistance have actually received it.

500 displaced people arrive at UN protection site South Sudan

More than 500 displaced people have arrived at a UN protection site in Bentiu, South Sudan according to the UN mission in the country, UNMISS.

This new influx brings the total number of civilians at the site to some 53,000.

Most of them have arrived from Guit and Nhialdiu where heavy fighting has reportedly been taking place between the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and opposition forces.

Stéphane Dujarric is the UN Spokesperson.

“The Mission is aware of reports claiming that SPLA forces have gained control of territory in Nhialdiu and Guit County that has been under the control of armed opposition forces for some time. UNMISS is unable to independently verify these reports.”

Food insecure people likely to rise to 4 million in Sudan

In Sudan, the start of the so-called lean season in June will likely bring an increase in the number of people who are food insecure there to 4 million, the UN has warned.

That’s an increase of 500,000.

The latest report from the Famine Early Warning Systems Network, indicates that the most affected people are in Darfur, where 70 per cent of the population is not getting enough food to eat.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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