Inside Story

Africa’s forgotten crisis

What can be done to help millions of people fleeing a brutal conflict in northern Nigeria and neighbouring countries?

The UN is warning that three million people are at risk of starvation in northern Nigeria.

About 1.2 million more are affected in countries neighbouring Lake Chad, in what officials say is the most devastating food crisis in years.

A seven-year conflict between regional military forces and the armed group Boko Haram has crippled food production and forced two million people to flee their homes.

What is being done to prevent hundreds of thousands of people at risk of starving to death? And is there a long-term solution to the region’s problems?

Presenter: Folly Bah Thibault


Arjan de Vet – head of nutrition at UNICEF Nigeria

Kayode Ogundamisi – commentator on Nigerian affairs

Mike Ejiofor – security consultant and former director of Nigeria’s State Security Service