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Health time bomb ticks as corpses litter Borno

09 June 2014, 08:37

Abuja - Residents of Gwoza local government of Borno State have raised fears of epidemic outbreaks in the area as corpses litter some villages which recently fell victim of attacks by the Boko Haram insurgents.

Speaking to journalists after the meeting of stakeholders of affected areas in Gwoza local government of Borno state held in Maiduguri, the District Head in one of the wards under siege, Lawan John, now seeking refuge in Maiduguri, said 109 people had so far been buried since the attacks.

“Corpses still littered our villages because we didn’t have access to the villages as the insurgents were still hanging around."

He lamented that none of the people of the area ,who had since fled, could summon enough confidence to go back and buried some of the dead bodies that still littered the streets as it is believed that the insurgents were threatening to kill anyone who returned.

According to him, many of their people were trapped in the mountains and hills without food.
“They rely on people from Pogu village who go there to give them food, and right now there is no food left in the village,” the district head added.

He said in some of these villages, the insurgents were still moving around on motorcycles and shooting anybody who attempted to descend from the mountains.

Another resident of the area who spoke anonymously said the corpses would have decomposed by now and there could be epidemic outbreaks if the whole area was not fumigated after the corpses might have been evacuated.

“They kill our people and they won't allow us to give them proper burial, their corpses are made to lie on the road which is not befitting of even a dead animal," said the villager.

Over 1 000 people have been displaced within the last one week following the incessant bloody attacks on communities in Gwoza local government area by the Boko the Haram insurgents.

Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume, representing Southern Borno district in the National Assembly, who called the meeting of the stakeholders of area, lamented that his people were made to go through untold hardship by recent attack.

- CAJ News

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