UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres holds a press conference at the UN headquarters in New York on Wednesday. At least US$4.4 billion is needed by the end of March to help more than 20 million people who face the danger of famine in South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen, Guterres said. — KYODO Viet Nam News OSLO — UN aid agencies and donor countries gathered in Oslo Thursday for a two-day meeting to raise emergency aid for millions of people threatened by famine in northeastern Nigeria, a Boko Haram stronghold. The UN aims to raise up to 1.4 billion euros (US$1.5 billion) in commitments throughout 2017 for the Lake Chad region, which comprises northeast Nigeria, northern Cameroon, western Chad and southeast Niger. One of the poorest regions in the world, it has been ravaged by eight years of violence. Schools, dispensaries and agriculture are in ruins, and people have been forced to flee jihadists on foot without any resources. Across northeast Nigeria, some 5.1 million people face severe food shortages and nearly 500,000 children are suffering from acute malnutrition, even as the military makes gains against the group. Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende, meeting with non-governmental organisations on Thursday, called…
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