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NIGERIA AIR STRIKE: DOZENS DEAD AS CAMP FOR INTERNALLY DISPLACED PEOPLE HIT BY MISTAKE

Médecins Sans Frontières(MSF) staff reported that at least 200 people had been wounded and 50 people had been killed in Rann, Nigeria, after a Nigerianmilitary jet mistakenly bombed a camp where families displaced during the offensive against Boko Haram militants were sheltering.

Two blasts are believed to have hit the site close to Nigeria’s border with Cameroon; according to its commander of counterinsurgency operations, Maj Gen Lucky Irabor, the mission was extremely difficult since the area is a very densely populated place hosting about 43,000 internally displaced people, aid workers and Nigerian troops who control people coming in and out the camp. 

After the strike, on the one side the UN humanitarian air service dispatched a helicopter with four medical personnel and 400 kg of emergency medical supplies, and airlifted eight Nigeria Cross workers injured in the bombing, while, on the other side, MSF’s staff worked to evacuate the wounded.

This tragedy is the latest to shake the region of Lake Chad which continues to be gripped by crisis. During the past six months 10.7 million people have been in need of humanitarian assistance, malnutrition and mortality have increased, and the war against terrorism has intensified; more and more people will die in addition to the 20,000 killed in the seven-year Islamic uprising which has already driven 2.6 million people form their homes and across Nigeria’s borders.

 

The gLAWcal Team

LIBEAC project

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

(source: guardian.com)