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Camps Around Maiduguri Are Losing Thousands of Kids to Starvation

Two narratives are coming out of Borno State Nigeria, where Boko Haram are on the run. One is of a humanitarian disaster and the other is hope.

While the Nigerian military says it has Boko Haram on the run, the humanitarian situation in and around these conflict areas in North Eastern Nigeria is bleak. A new report from Doctors Without Borders says camp residens are suffering extreme food shortages. A situation that has long been played down by authorities and seems to involve everything from official corruption to roadblocks in international humanitarian aid funding.


In an interview with the Associated Press, Natalie Roberts, the Doctors Without Borders emergency program manager for northeast Nigeria said this about northeastern Borno:

“We only saw older brothers and sisters. No toddlers are straddling their big sisters’ hips. No babies strapped to their mums’ backs. It’s as if they have just vanished,” Roberts said.

But hold-on there's good news too. As reported in this AJ+ video, girls and boys—an estimated 1.8 million of whom were deprived of schooling during the Boko Haram's peak—are headed back to school in Borno.

Interview

This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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