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Thousands of starving villagers freed in Borno

26 August 2015, 18:13

Borno - More than 5 000 starving people have been liberated from communities in Dikwa local government area of Borno State, a senior official at the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said.

Northeast Zonal Coordinator, Mohammed Kanar, said these were mainly children, women and elderly freed in the recent military operation in Gamboru and Ngala.

Kanar said the people were virtually imprisoned in their communities as the   routes to major towns were blocked by members of the insurgency group,  Boko Haram who captured major towns of Dikwa and Ngala.

He said they were living on small rations as they were compelled to depend on their livestock and farm produce without allowance for trading and commerce with the rest of the world.

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Kanar said a team of officials from the agency and the state government, led by the Secretary to the Borno State  Government (SSG), Alhaji Usman Jidda Shuwa, delivered food and non food  items to the internally displaced persons’ (IDPs’) location at Dikwa town.

He said the IDPs were camps in a partially destroyed state government housing estate and abandoned structure within Dikwa.

Kanar, who led the team of NEMA officials to Dikwa to attend to the welfare of the displaced persons, said after consulting with the SSG, NEMA decided to evacuate the IDPs, who were in critical conditions back to Maiduguri for proper care.

“When we visited we noticed that they need drugs and other essentials of life, this will be delivered to them in the next few days,” Kanar said.

- CAJ News


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