World Food Programme warns of famine threat in northeast Nigeria
20 March 2018 | 10:59 am
Despite security challenges ravaging the north eastern states of Nigeria, the World Food Programme says new data shows that the situation for extremely vulnerable families, has improved further in the past six months due to sustained humanitarian assistance.
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