Malnutrition among Internally Displaced Persons Children: A Consequence of Armed Conflicts in Nigeria
Adedeji Bethel Oluwatosin, Adebayo Tosin Udo, Emem Michael

Armed conflict are occurrences that humanity across the world and over time have had to contend with as a result of man’s activities, actions, and choices. This has led to migration and displacements in many parts of the world. Although disasters and insurgencies are no respecter of persons, yet women and children are the most vulnerable group affected. Victims of displacement are faced with a shortage of basic amenities such as essential food materials and nutrients, clothing, shelter, poor sanitation, poor hygiene among other necessities. This study, therefore, discusses malnutrition in internally displaced person camps in Nigeria, as one of the consequences of armed conflict on children. Thisstudy focuses on children (0-17 years).A case-study method and unstructured in-depth interview is used to gather information for the study. Malnutrition on the other hand is caused by inaccessibility of children to have access to quality diet and micronutrients supplements.The findings showed that children in IDP camps in Adamawa, Borno, Yobe States are mostly affected by malnutrition. The study concludes that the root causes of displacement and malnutrition has to be addressed so as to prevent further humanitarian crisis both in the three North-East-States (Borno, Adamawa and Yobe) of Nigeria and the world at large.

Full Text: PDF     DOI: 10.15640/jgpc.v7n2a4