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
“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.
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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
“They will even openly tell you that the relief is not for
There is an open discrimination. They will give food to the
refugees but if you are a Christian they will not give you food.”
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