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More than 22,000 desperate Congolese refugees crossed Lake Albert to Uganda last week, with four drowning when their boat capsized, the United Nations reported Tuesday, warning that even more lives could be lost on often-perilous lake routes from the conflict-hit eastern regions of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
“The humanitarian crisis in Nigeria’s north-east, that has spilled
over into the Lake Chad region, is one of the most severe in the
world today,” said Edward Kallon, the Humanitarian Coordinator
for the country.
“This crisis is a protection crisis first and foremost that has also evolved into a food security and nutrition crisis,” added the UN relief official.
“While precise figures are unavailable because of very limited official health or nutrition data, there are clear signs that the crisis is limiting children’s access to quality health services, medicines and food,” said the UN agency in a news release, Friday, underlining the severity of the situation.