Niger Feels Ripple Effect of Boko Haram as Fears of Food Shortage Spread
The New York Times reports that some aid workers in Niger say that Nigeria’s government refused help as recently as this past summer from non-governmental organizations attempting to supply and deliver food to refugees of Boko Haram attacks living in neighboring countries dependent upon Nigeria for trade.
Also, a report out of the Nigerian Senate this fall showed that $8 million intended as aid money in the northeast disappeared or was misallocated.
The crisis in Niger has exacerbated Nigeria’s own woes, leading both countries to experience much higher food prices and shortages.
The Times also reports that the United Nations has asked for $1 billion to combat hunger in northeastern Nigeria.