UN / NIGERIA HUMANITARIAN SITUATION

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Matthias Schmale, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Nigeria, said, “climate change is real, as we are yet again discovering in Nigeria.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 13 OCTOBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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RECENT - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UN headquarters

13 OCTOBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Schmale sitting
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Matthias Schmale, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator ad interim for Nigeria, United Nations:
“There are nineteen – one nine - million people food insecure across Nigeria. We are, in particular, worried about 14.7 million kids at risk of malnutrition. And amongst those are in three Northwestern states, Katsina, Sokoto, and Zamfara have almost 500,000 children at risk of severe acute malnutrition. And around 400,000 children in the north northeast. So, this is an alarming crisis by any standard.”
4. Wide shot, journalists, press room
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Matthias Schmale, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator ad interim for Nigeria, United Nations:
“We're currently seeing the worst floods in 10 years in Nigeria. Some 500 people at minimum have lost their lives as a result of the floods, and 1.4 million people are displaced.”
6. Med shot, journalists
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Matthias Schmale, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator ad interim for Nigeria, United Nations:
“Flooding and the food insecurity can be largely explained with climate change factors. So, climate change is real, as we are yet again discovering in Nigeria.”
8. Wide shot, speakers, journalists, press room
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Matthias Schmale, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator ad interim for Nigeria, United Nations:
“Since mid-last year, some 90,000 people have exited the areas controlled by Boko Haram and ISWAP, and that clearly is an opportunity and could be a potential game changer.”
10. Wide shot, speakers, journalists, press room
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Matthias Schmale, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator ad interim for Nigeria, United Nations:
“If we as UN are able to support the government in properly disarming and reintegrating a lot of these people, that could change the dynamics in terms of the conflict.”
12. Wide shot, end of the briefing, press room

STORYLINE:
Matthias Schmale, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Nigeria, said, “climate change is real, as we are yet again discovering in Nigeria.”

Briefing journalists today (13 Oct) in New York on the humanitarian situation in Nigeria, Schmale said that climate change factors could largely explain the flooding and the food insecurity in the Country.

He reported that there are 19 million people food insecure across Nigeria.

He added, “We are, in particular, worried about 14.7 million kids at risk of malnutrition.”

According to the Humanitarian Coordinator, in three Northwestern states of Nigeria (Katsina, Sokoto, and Zamfara) are almost 500,000 children at risk of severe acute malnutrition, and around 400,000 children in the north northeast of the country.

“So, this is an alarming crisis by any standard,” he commented.

He also said, “We're currently seeing the worst floods in 10 years in Nigeria. Some 500 people at minimum have lost their lives as a result of the floods, and 1.4 million people are displaced.”

Schmale informed that October is the month of harvesting in Nigeria and that floods are already impacting the harvesting and may worsen food insecurity towards the end of the year.

On a positive note, he said, “Since mid-last year, some 90,000 people have exited the areas controlled by Boko Haram and ISWAP, and that clearly is an opportunity and could be a potential game changer.”

According to Schmale, “If we as UN are able to support the government in properly disarming and reintegrating a lot of these people, that could change the dynamics in terms of the conflict.”
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