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Volume 460: debated on Wednesday 9 May 2007

9. To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the humanitarian situation in Nigeria. (136213)

Nigeria ranks below the average for sub-Saharan Africa in the UN’s Human Development Index. In Northern Nigeria, high maternal mortality, low levels of immunisation, and gender inequality mean human development indicators are among the world’s worst, outside conflict zones. While Nigeria has not seen a widespread humanitarian crisis in recent years, there are regional instances of severe human suffering. A nutritional crisis in mid-2005 in several Northern states led Medicins Sans Frontieres to treat over 15,000 severely malnourished children. Meanwhile, oil spills in the Niger Delta have affected the environment and local livelihoods in that region.