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REVEALED: Nigeria refugees eat leaves to survive

17 November 2016, 20:34

Lagos - Thousands of Nigerian refugees in northeast Nigeria are reportedly eating leaves to survive hunger brought by the Boko Haram terror group in the region.

The Christian group, Open Doors, disclosed the crisis when it announced it had come to the rescue of scores of families surviving in that manner.

“Displaced people in northeast Nigeria have been forced to eat leaves to survive, as a humanitarian crisis develops in the region,” said Lisa Pearce, Chief Executive Officer of Open Doors United Kingdom and Ireland.

She said since October, Open Doors had provided lifesaving food aid for 3 000 families - approximately 15 000 people - thanks to well-wishers’ prayers and support.

Many of the families supported by Open Doors are from Gwoza, the city declared by Boko Haram as the capital of their 'caliphate' when they took control of the region in 2014.

Also read: As refugee children die, Nigeria probes theft of food aid

While many areas have been retaken by the Nigerian army, the situation is still unstable.

Bishop William Naga, leader of the Borno chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), was quoted as saying only the bigger towns were fully under the control of the Nigerian army.

“The outskirts of these towns and villages in the state are not safe. Boko Haram is still in control of big parts of the Borno State. We cannot go back there now.”

Naga claimed officials distributing aid to refugees starved Christians.

“They will even openly tell you that the relief is not for Christians.

There is an open discrimination. They will give food to the refugees but if you are a Christian they will not give you food.”

– CAJ News

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