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Children die in 'horrendous conditions' in detention centre

11 May 2016, 06:34

Maidugari - Eleven children under the age of six, including four babies, are among 149 people who have died this year following their detention in awful conditions in the notorious Giwa barracks detention centre in Maiduguri, Nigeria, Amnesty International revealed.

Amnesty International believes that around 1,200 people are currently detained at Giwa barracks in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions. Many were arbitrarily rounded up during mass arrests.

“The discovery that babies and young children have died in appalling conditions in military detention is both harrowing and horrifying. We have repeatedly sounded the alarm over the high death rate of detainees in Giwa barracks but these findings show that, for both adults and children, it remains a place of death,” said Netsanet Belay, Amnesty International’s Research and Advocacy Director for Africa.

According to Premium Times, at least 12 children have died in Giwa barracks since February. And despite regular medical checks children continue to die.

One witness told Amnesty International that they saw the bodies of eight dead children including a five-month-old, two one-year-olds, a two-year-old, a three-year-old, a four-year-old and two five-year-olds.

An Amnesty International report revealed that 7,000 detainees had died in military detention in Nigeria since 2011 as a result of starvation.

- News24 Nigeria


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