More than 200 escaped from "Boko Haram" in Nigeria died of starvation

A catastrophic humanitarian emergency is unfolding at a camp it visited where 24,000 people have taken refuge

Baku. 23 June. REPORT.AZ/ Nearly 200 refugees fleeing Boko Haram militants have starved to death over the past month in Bama, Nigeria, Report informs citing the BBC, the medical charity MSF says.

A "catastrophic humanitarian emergency" is unfolding at a camp it visited where 24,000 people have taken refuge.

Many inhabitants are traumatised and one in five children is suffering from acute malnutrition, MSF says.

The Islamist group's seven-year rebellion has left 20,000 people dead and more than two million displaced.

Nigeria's military has carried out a large-scale offensive against them but Boko Haram still attacks villages in the north-east, destroying homes and burning down wells.

Displaced people in Bama say new graves are appearing on a daily basis, the MSF statement says.

It quoted inhabitants as saying about 30 people died every day due to hunger or illness.

Although the area has been unsafe to travel through, MSF says one of its teams reached Bama on Tuesday.

It went in with a military convoy from the city of Maiduguri in Borno state.

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