Nearly 200 Internally Displaced Persons, IDP, fleeing Boko Haram insurgents in the North-eastern town of Bama, Borno State, Nigeria, have starved to death over the past month, says Médecins Sans Frontières, MSF.
A “catastrophic humanitarian emergency” is unfolding at a camp the medical charity organisation visited where 24,000 people have taken refuge.
MSF report says that many IDPs are traumatised and one in five children is suffering from acute malnutrition.
The Islamist group’s seven-year rebellion has left 20,000 people dead and more than two million displaced.
The Nigerian military has carried out a large-scale offensive against the Boko Haram insurgents who have, however, still attacks villages in the north-east, destroying homes and burning down wells.
According to a statement from MSF, IDPs in Bama say new graves are appearing on a daily basis.
It quoted IDPs as saying about 30 people died every day due to hunger or illness.
Although the area has been unsafe to travel through, MSF says one of its teams reached Bama on Tuesday.
It went in with a military convoy from the city of Maiduguri in Borno state.
“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.
“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,” he said.

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