In a recent statement on Thursday, by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), women in the Lake Chad basin, due to hunger and starvation have been forced into prostitution as a means of survival.
The ICRC said that the Boko Haram terrorists had displaced and driven millions of people from their houses, leaving their children to starve.
According to ICRC, “The violence has displaced over 2.4 million people across the swamp lands of Lake Chad, where the borders of Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Nigeria meet, and disrupted the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of others.”
“It’s extraordinary to see a woman and her family and they have nothing other than what they have been given.
“The children are clearly malnourished and it’s just hopeless,’’ Simon Brooks, head of ICRC’s delegation in Cameroon, said.
Brooks noted that many of the women lost their husbands to the insurgency leaving them with no other option to survive with their children.
“When you don’t have the means to survive, you’ll go begging for it. He said
“It’s a loss of dignity when you’re having to resort to something like that just to keep your children alive – fraternising with people who have money,’’ he added.
According to the United Nations, Boko Haram has cut off about one million people from humanitarian aid despite the ongoing military attack against the terrorists.
“Half a million children are severely acutely malnourished and on the brink of death if they are not treated.
“This area has suffered from decades of chronic neglect … if it continues to be under-funded and under-reported, then millions of people will continue to suffer,’’ Brooks said