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50,000 Children May Die of Malnutrition in IDP Camps

IDPs dying of malnutrition in camps Last month, Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno state paid a visit to Bama camp upon receiving reports that hundreds of malnourished people recently rescued from Boko Haram captivity were dying in the camp. After seeing the critical condition of the refugees, Shettima ordered the relocation of 61 children with acute malnutrition to the intensive care unit of the Umaru Shehu Ultramodern Hospital in Maiduguri, where they are currently being treated.
Another group of more than 400 people with lesser cases of malnutrition were also moved out of the camp to a special care unit for proper feeding and medication. But according to a statement by the MSF, nearly 200 refugees fleeing Boko Haram attacks have starved to death over the past months in Bama.
Angered by the reported cases of malnourished children and dying IDPs in Bama camp, President Muhammadu Buhari, met with top officials of the state government, seeking explanation into the issue. Soon after the meeting, report had emanated that Buhari called for a probe on the alleged diversion of relief materials meant for IDPs. Governor Shettima of Borno state also directed the police and the state security services to go after the officials involved in the alleged diversion of relief materials, after a video clip and pictures surfaced on social media showing bags of rice purportedly from NEMA being re-bagged by officials of the Borno State Emergency Management Agency.

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