Nollywood actress, Halima Abubakar is at the forefront of the fight against hunger and malnutrition, especially in the Northeastern part of the country.
Through her outfit, the Halima Abubakar Foundation, which was launched in 2017, the actress is seeking to provide meals for people in war-ravaged regions in the Northeast who are threatened by famine.
In an Instagram post, the actress notes that as ongoing violence disrupts livelihoods and agricultural activities, many conflict-affected families rely on humanitarian aid and market purchases to meet their daily food needs.
“As a result, Crisis (IPC 3) and Emergency (IPC 4) levels of acute food insecurity will likely persist in much of Northeastern Nigeria through January 2020, with ongoing distributions of food assistance sustaining Stressed (IPC 2) conditions in some zones, the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) reports.
“Meanwhile, a risk of Famine (IPC 5) persists in areas that relief actors cannot reach, where food security conditions are likely similar to, or worse than, outcomes in nearby accessible zones.
“Concerning nutrition conditions persist in the Northeast. A late-2018 assessment conducted by the Government of Nigeria and UN partners found that in Borno and Yobe, nearly 11 and 13 percent of children younger than five years of age, respectively, are acutely malnourished, representing high acute malnutrition levels per UN guidelines. In Adamawa, acute malnutrition affects seven percent of children, signifying a medium acute malnutrition level,” she wrote.
She also called on interested partners to reach out to her to see how they can feed a child or two.