More than 500,000 people are living in catastrophic and unsanitary conditions in a number of villages and towns across Borno state, northeastern Nigeria, according to Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), which is calling for the provision of emergency aid for those people in immediate danger. During the second week of July 2016, MSF organised an exploratory mission and an emergency distribution for more than 15,000 displaced people leaving in dire conditions in the city of Banki, in Borno State - Nigeria MSF medical teams estimate extremely high mortality rates.
More than 500,000 people are living in catastrophic and unsanitary conditions in a number of villages and towns across Borno state, northeastern Nigeria, according to international medical organisation Doctors Without Borders (MSF), which is calling for the provision of emergency aid for those people in immediate danger. "In Banki, as in a number of other areas, people have almost no access to humanitarian aid," says MSF's emergency programme manager Hugues Robert, who has just returned from this town near the Cameroonian border.
Our correspondent reports that so sooner had the committee members stepped into the camp, the angry-looking IDPs started chanting "Karya ne " meaning it is a lie, when one of the camp official said that each person goes home with a bag of 50kg bag of Rice, a bag of Semovita, a carton of Spaghetti and a packet of Maggi every two weeks.
Daily Trust gathered that the queen and two children were abducted when insurgents invaded Bama town two years ago, and that one of the two abducted children, a male, had been killed by the insurgents, while the military rescued the wife of the Bama monarch and the female child around the Damboa axis on Sunday.
LEADERSHIP recalled that Malnutrition, which was reported to have killed scores of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Borno State in the last two months, has attracted both national and international attention to Borno State, which at the peak of the Boko Haram crisis, had 22 of its 27 local government under the captivity of the insurgents.
"This child cannot stand," says another medic as the severely malnourished boy is carried to the intensive care unit at the Gwange therapeutic feeding center on the outskirts of Maiduguri, the capital of Nigeria's Borno state. Nearly 244,000 children are suffering from severe acute malnutrition in Borno state and an estimated 49,000 of them, about 1 in 5, will die if they don't receive urgent treatment, UNICEF said in a new report.
The North-East Development Commission Bill will be passed in time to ensure the rehabilitation of the ravaged area due to Boko Haram insurgency. "The importance of North-East Development Commission when inaugurated is that it is going to serve as a focal point that will pull all the activities normally put in place to address the crisis in the short, in the medium and the long time."
The United Nations Children's Emergency Fund (Unicef) has disclosed that about a quarter of a million displaced children in Borno State are suffering from severe malnutrition. The agency said it found people without water, food or sanitation in areas formerly in control of the Boko Haram terrorists, warning that tens of thousands of them may die if not urgently treated.
As Boko Haram is pushed out of more areas, the magnitude of the humanitarian crisis aggravated by the extremist group's deadly insurgency is becoming more palpable. Last Thursday, an aid convoy delivered 31 metric tons of food and a limited amount of non-food items to residents in Banki near the border with Cameroon, Jens Laerke, spokesman for the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) told journalists in Geneva.
"Local government areas like Mafa, Magumeri, Dikwa, Konduga, Benisheikh, Askira Uba, Kala/Balge and Kaga, Gwoza among others were all freed of Boko Haram insurgents and they are habitable and normal life has resumed for the last two or three months now. "The whole of these local government areas were also rebuilt by the state Ministry of Rehabilitatin, Reconstruction and Resettlement(RRR) with the support of NGOs like Victims Support Fund, Dangote Foundation, among others.
Some parents in Borno on Sunday appealed to the State Government to re-open public schools closed since May 2014, to allow their children continue with their education. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the schools were closed in May 2014, following attacks on students in neighbouring Yobe. Malam Muhammad Askira, a parent, said the state government has no excuse to keep the schools closed, following the evacuation of the IDPs from the buildings.
Troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE on Sunday killed two Boko Haram terrorists during its clearance operation in Musafanari, Borno State. The statement reads, "In the early hours of this morning, troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE ambushed Boko Haram terrorists crossing into Sambisa forest from Komala and Musafanari axis with logistics items. "The ambush party killed two Boko Haram terrorists, while 2 soldiers sustained gunshot wounds.