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Hundreds of children starve to death at Borno refugee camp

23 June 2016, 14:05

Borno - Hundreds of children have starved to death while scores more are at risk after contracting the deadliest form of malnutrition at a camp for internally displaced people in Borno State.

The international medical humanitarian organization, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), has reported a catastrophic humanitarian emergency is currently unfolding at the centre where 24 000 people, including 15 000 children, among them 4 500 are under five are sheltered.

The MSF medical team discovered a health crisis, referring 16 severely malnourished children at immediate risk of death to the MSF in-patient therapeutic feeding center in Maiduguri.

A rapid nutritional screening of more than 800 children found that 19 percent were suffering from severe acute malnutrition.

"This is the first time MSF has been able to access Bama, but we already know the needs of the people there are beyond critical,” said Ghada Hatim, MSF head of mission in Nigeria.

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“We are treating malnourished children in medical facilities in Maiduguri and see the trauma on the faces of our patients who have witnessed and survived many horrors.”

The MSF team said it counted 1 233 cemetery graves located near the camp which had been dug in the past year.

Many of those graves—480—were of children.

More than 30 people are dying a day due to hunger and illness.

Over 3 million civilians have fled their homes because of the terror perpetrated by the Boko Haram sect northeast of Nigeria.

More than 20 000 have been killed.

- CAJ News


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