Monday, August 8, 2016 — Dear media colleagues,
Today Doctors Without Borders (MSF) shares with you two FRESH TESTIMONIES from survivors of Boko Haram attacks nearly a month after we raised alarm on the critical health and nutrition situation in Nigeria’s Borno State.
The two, describe their struggles and the dire humanitarian conditions prevailing in Borno State where almost 500,000 displaced people are in extreme need of food, water and shelter.
For nearly a year now, many towns and villages around Borno State have been cut off from the outside world while under the control of Boko Haram. They have had no access to food and have had very little or no medical care at all, resulting in severe cases of malnutrition, measles and high mortality rates.
Husseina’s husband was killed by Boko Haram, while Fatima sought refuge in Mairi Kuwait after her village was attacked by Boko Haram. She had to walk for eight hours to come to hospital with her child, because she cannot afford transportation.
MSF Southern Africa launched a NIGERIA EMERGENCY appeal to raise funds in support of expanding our medical emergency relief work in Borno State. We call on South Africans to donate via:
- SMS “JOIN” to 41486 to donate R15 per month
- Visit www.msf.org.za/donate
Please click on the following links to access the two testimonies:
Husseina’s video clip: https://youtu.be/5FloN1xjbWI
Fatima’s video clip: https://youtu.be/JWs5g4tdJAo
Today more than 1.2 million IDP are living in Maiduguri, most of them within the host community and others in camps (2 informal camps and 13 official camps).
Cases of measles have been reported inside Maiduguri in the “Arabic teaching college” camp and outside Maiduguri in Konduga, the last big town on the road to Bama accessible without escort for now. MSF teams are doing containment and case management on site.