Food stocks running low for Nigerian refugees in Cameroon

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Food stocks are running low for the thousands of Nigerians who have fled across the border into a remote region far north in Cameroon, the World Food Programme has warned.

Leaving behind burned homes and often running for their lives, close to 8,000 Nigerians have fled since May.

They come from the northern Nigerian states of Adamawa, Yobe and Borno, from where 200 Nigerian school girls were kidnapped in April.

WFP says the refugees are in dire need of food and other assistance and that it had found worrying levels of malnutrition, especially among the children.

In one village, the agency notes, acute malnutrition rates were as high as 25 per cent, well above the 15 per cent emergency threshold.

WFP has provided local health clinics with new stocks of special nutritional products to help curb malnutrition and plans to distribute these foods to children under 5, as well as pregnant and nursing women.

Amid fears that more families may flow into Cameroon, WFP and its humanitarian partners in Cameroon are planning for an operation to assist as many as 50,000 by the end of the year.

Sophie Outhwaite, United Nations.

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