Nearly 200 Refugees Die of Starvation’ in Nigeria Camp
More than 200 refugees, who fled Boko Haram attacks, have died of starvation and dehydration in the northeastern Nigerian city of Bama in the past month, Doctors Without Borders said on Wednesday.
The refugees “speak of children dying of hunger and digging new graves every day,” according to a statement from the global medical charity group, also known by its French acronym MSF. “A catastrophic humanitarian emergency” is unfolding at a makeshift camp on a hospital compound where 24,000 people have taken refuge, it said. The doctors referred 16 emaciated children at risk of dying to their special feeding centre in Maiduguri. One in five of the 15,000 children are suffering severe acute malnutrition, the group found.