Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Malnutrition stalks Boko Haram prisoners

16 June 2016, 10:28

Maiduguri - Nearly 700 people, most of them children, are receiving treatment in hospital in northeast Nigeria for severe malnutrition after being rescued from Boko Haram, the Borno state government said.

Sixty-one "critically malnourished" young children and babies were among 478 children, 196 women and 23 men brought to the state capital Maiduguri from the town of Bama on Monday, it said in a statement.

The infants were "undergoing medical care arising from extreme deprivation of food", Tuesday's statement said, adding that all the people were rescued after two years in captivity by the Islamist insurgents.

It was not immediately clear whether those taken to a special care unit had been brought from camps for internally displaced people (IDPs) in Bama.

But last week a civilian vigilante and a soldier based in the remote town of Banki, 60km from Bama, told AFP at least 10 people were "starving to death" every day.

Nigerian and international relief agencies were working with IDPs in Bama, but none appeared to be in Banki, which was recaptured from Boko Haram in September last year.

'Walking corpses'

The vigilante said 376 people had been buried in the last three months and those still alive were like "walking corpses".

The Borno state governor Kashim Shettima and aid agencies have warned about acute food shortages for IDPs in northeast Nigeria and the wider Lake Chad region.

Nearly 6 500 children were found to be severely malnourished at camps in Borno state last year, while more than 25 000 others had "mild to moderate symptoms", health officials said in February.

Nigeria's government has been encouraging people to return to their homes as the military counter-insurgency regains captured territory from the Islamic State group affiliate.

Last week, it signed an agreement with Cameroon for the return of 80 000 Nigerian refugees.

But farmlands in the mainly agricultural region have been devastated by the fighting, while homes and infrastructure have been destroyed.

Shettima said on Tuesday he had ordered a new IDP camp to be opened in Maiduguri for more than 10 000 people rescued from the countryside around the towns of Marte and Mafa in recent days.

The IDPs, who had been unable to return home because of insurgent activity near their villages, had been camped out under trees by the road from Maiduguri to Dikwa.

The Boko Haram conflict has killed at least 20 000 people since it started in 2009 and forced more than 2.6 million people from their homes.



Read more from our Users

Submitted by
S Mbinya
What to do after breakup

Your life does not end after breakup. Here are tips to move on: Read more...

Submitted by
S Mbinya
Rare gift for President Uhuru Ken...

Young Jubilee supporters have a rare surprise gift for the President. Read more...

Submitted by
George Vodongo
Illegal milk nabbed in Mombasa wa...

Milk powder is considered a sensitive commodity under the EAC Common External Tariff (CET) and attracts an import duty at a rate of 60 per cent. Read more...

Submitted by
S Mbinya
Athlete collapses, dies in Machak...

His coach blamed his untimely death on the supplements the athletes are given. Read more...

Submitted by
S Mbinya
Popular radio presenter found dea...

Grace Makosewe was working for Capital FM before moving to Urban Radio in Kisumu. Read more...

Submitted by
Ben Wangui
Four wards to elect new MCAs in b...

This follows the death of former office holders between April and August this year. Read more...