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Children waiting to be fed – dailyindependentnig.com
Nigeria – The Face of Hunger
By Margee Ensign
This is the face of hunger in Northeastern Nigeria: a three year old girl on the ground gathering single grains of rice and maize from the floor where they had dropped out of bags of food.
We had just finished a food distribution by the American University of Nigeria-Adamawa Peace Initiative this morning.
It did not go as we had planned.
This crisis has been building for at least a year. Now, it is a full blown humanitarian emergency. The University’s active involvement began last March when the Emir of Mubi to our north invited members of our Peace Initiative for a visit. We were asked to bring food and clothing. After meeting with him, he took us to a large room next to his palace. There were over 500 women and girls waiting for us. When we asked them what had happened to all the men, we were told: “They were killed-they were burned.” From that day until we now we have been trying to tell this story-to whoever would listen.
We have walked the halls of government from Yola to Abuja to Washington DC. The US government provided resources at the beginning of the crisis. A few individuals have contributed to our foundation, which is raising funds for this effort. Little else has been forthcoming from anyone. It has been the Founder of AUN, Atiku Abubakar , who has kept our feeding program alive with his own funds.
Where are the international aid agencies?
They are all here-the alphabet soup of agencies from the United Nations and the international aid community. They are taking care of a few thousand mainly in the local refugee camps which hold about 15,000 people. We, on the other hand, are now feeding over 250,000, the vast majority. They are dependent upon our small resources for food, for survival itself.
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