BOKO HARAM FORCES THOUSANDS NIGERIANS FLEE TO CAMEROUN AFTER ATTACKS…. SAYS MSF

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BY INUSA NDAHI, MAIDUGURI

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Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) a.k.a Doctors Without Borders on Thursday revealed that several thousands of Nigerians have fled Rann, the Headquarters of Kala-Balge Local Government Area of Borno State in northeast Nigeria following a violent attack on the town on 14 January.

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These revelations were contained in MSF webpage emailed to our Correspondent by its Spokesman in Maiduguri, Mallam Abdulkareem Yakubu.

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MSF said yesterday that the fleeing refugees started arriving by foot in Bodo, Cameroon, some seven kilometres across the border from Rann.

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) staffs have started providing assistance in Bodo. A team consisting of medical and logistical staff has been distributing food and water and providing emergency medical care.

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“Our team in Bodo estimates that some 8,000 people arrived yesterday and we expect several thousand more may come today,” said Hugues Robert, MSF Programme Manager for Nigeria. “We are preparing to assist 15,000 people with food, water and medical care over the coming days. Many people were in a state of shock and were clearly distressed by what they had witnessed. Now they have lost all that they have and need absolutely everything.”

Near Bodo, people have spent one night outdoors as there are no shelters. There are children and many breastfeeding and pregnant women among them.
Rann destroyed – once again

In Rann, many parts of the town were burnt, including houses and shelters. The market and food stores were also destroyed.

The MSF warehouse, office and pharmacy were looted and burnt to the ground. Empty boxes of medical supplies were lying scattered on the ground outside.

MSF was able to evacuate one injured man on site, but most others fled to nearby Cameroon..

“This is truly devastating for the people in Rann”, says Robert, “They suffer endless violence. And now they have to get back on their feet once more. How many more times is this possible? The people of Borno continue to pay the price for this merciless conflict. All the warring parties must respect the safety of civilians.”. Robert stated. End

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