Food for Nigeria refugees looted

Refugee malnourishmentEMEKA OKONKWO

ABUJA, (CAJ News) – CORRUPTION, particularly during the distribution of food to internally displaced persons, has been cited as the cause of severe malnutrition at the camps housing millions of refugees in Nigeria.

This comes amid revelations some 30 children were dying from the phenomenon almost daily while there were over 1 000 graves of citizens who died of acute malnourishment, out of which 480 were children’s.

The volunteer medical group, Medecins Sans Frontiers/Doctors Without Borders, reported the crisis.

Some members of the administration of Governor Kashim Shettima has come under ire for alleged corruption with reports some material meant for refugees had been looted.

Analysts bemoaned the tragedy despite the supposed huge investments by the state government.

Public affairs analyst, Jude Ndukwe called for heads to roll.

“Obviously, somebody somewhere is feeding fat at the expense of these vulnerable children who deserve our all in order to be alive. That is the height of heartlessness.”

Borno State, in the northeast, is worst affected by the terrorism by the Boko Haram. Over 20 000 people have been killed and 3 million displaced. Most have sought sanctuary at refugee camps in the state.

– CAJ News

 

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