Dikwa - The National Emergency Management Agency on Wednesday said it had evacuated 5 000 starved persons from the liberated hinterland communities of Dikwa Local Government Area of Borno State.
The North-East coordinator of NEMA, Mohammed Kanar, disclosed this to newsmen in Maiduguri, saying the communities were recently liberated by the Nigerian military after being occupied by suspected Boko Haram insurgents for several months.
Kanar said those evacuated were mainly children, women and the elderly, who were freed in the recent military operation in the area.
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“The people evacuated were virtually imprisoned in their communities as the routes were blocked by members of the insurgents, who captured major towns of Dikwa and Ngala local government areas.
“They were living on small rations as they were compelled to depend on their livestock and farm produce without freedom to trading and commercial activities with the rest of the world during the occupation,” he said.
According to him, the evacuated persons are camped at Sanda Kyarimi Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp, Maiduguri, for proper care.
“Some of affected persons, who spoke to officials of NEMA, said they had not eaten for about three days and had to trek long distances to get to Dikwa, Headquarters of Dikwa LGA,” Kanar said.