A humanitarian crisis is currently unfolding at a camp of internally displaced (IDPs) in Bama, Borno State following the discovery of thousands of graves, Naij reports.
According to a report released by international medical organization Doctors Without Borders (MSF), approximately 1,233 graves have been found in the area, 480 of which contained bodies of children.
Ghada Hatim, MSF’s Head of Mission in Nigeria, in addition to the graves, 16 malnourished children who are on the verge of death were found, with 19% of the more than 800 children who were rapidly screened in the camp found to be suffering from severe acute malnutrition – the deadliest form of malnourishment in existence.
MSF has also indicated the deaths of 188 people since May of this year due to malnutrition and diarrhea.
“This group of mostly women and children was placed in the Camp Nursing internally displaced camp. Of the 466 children screened by MSF medical teams at Camp Nursing, 66% were emaciated and 39% of these children had a severe form of malnutrition.
Upon assessment, 78 children had to be immediately hospitalised at the MSF feeding centre which has an inpatient capacity of 86 beds,” the statement said.