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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

Malian Rapper Ami Yerewolo Rises Against All Odds

Ami Yerewolo reflects on her hard-won rap career, new album AY and why she insists on creating support spaces for young female rappers in Mali and beyond.

"No one is a prophet in his or her own land!" This is an accurate way to describe Ami Yerewolo's career to a tee. The Malian rapper's music has not always been popular in her home country, where female rappers are generally frowned upon. Instead, it has taken off abroad. Yerewolo's upbeat sound mixes traditional Malian elements with fast drums, contemporary beats and significant lyrics that compel listeners to reflect on life — all of which makes her songs carry a universal appeal. Her new album, AY (titled after the rapper's initials) has just been released by the label Othentiq.

Yerewolo shares her frank thoughts below...

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