Scores of refugees starved to death in Nigeria
Abuja (Online): Nearly 200 refugees fleeing Boko Haram militants have starved to death over the past month in Bama, Nigeria, the medical charity MSF says today.
A “catastrophic humanitarian emergency” is unfolding at a camp it visited where 24,000 people have taken refuge.
Many inhabitants are traumatised and one in five children is suffering from acute malnutrition, MSF says.
The Islamist group’s seven year rebellion has left 20,000 people dead and more than two million displaced.
Nigeria’s military has carried out a large scale offensive against them but Boko Haram still attacks villages in the North-East destroying wells and burning down homes.
Displaced people in Bama say new graves are appearing on a daily basis, according to a statement from MSF.
It quoted inhabitants as saying about 30 people died every day due to hunger or illness.
Although the area has been unsafe to travel through, MSF says one of its teams reached Bama today.
It went in with a military convoy from the city of Maiduguri in Borno state.