The UN is warning that more than 100,000 people – most of them children – are at risk of starving to death next year in northeast Nigeria unless an emergency appeal for $1bn in humanitarian aid is delivered to areas worst affected by the Boko Haram insurgency.
According The UN describes the situation in northeast Nigeria as the biggest crisis facing Africa today.
While the Nigerian military has retaken large areas once controlled by the Islamist militants, continued insecurity means farmers are unable to plant crops and aid convoys trying to reach isolated areas face Boko Haram attacks.
The massive food shortages are leading to widespread starvation.
The charity – Doctors without Borders – estimated last month that thousands of children have already died of hunger.
The UN now says it needs to deliver urgent humanitarian aid to almost 7m people.
After years of violence this conflict is now entering a new phase.
And the fear is that hunger could end up killing more people than Boko Haram.