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UN representatives are fretful over Niger’s food security

United Nations, Aug 16 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is fretful on Wednesday over Niger’s food security, an aftermath of the conflict.

Amid the current crisis, the agency called for humanitarian exemptions to sanctions and border closures to prevent a rapid deterioration in access to food and a growing malnourishment.

According to Farhan Haq, deputy spokesperson for UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, the Response Plan for Niger estimates $ 584 million for population needs; however just 39% has been received.

Before the outbreak of tensions, over three million local citizens were severely food insecure.

According to the World Food Program, some 7.3 million food insecure people could see their situation worsen due to the crisis unleashed in recent weeks.

The United Nations is maintaining its operations in Niger despite worsening conditions because of the conflict and the rainy season.

Efforts are mainly aimed at delivering food, cash and other supplies as well as caring for displaced people.