Humanitarian crisis in Borno State
In northeastern Nigeria, a humanitarian emergency is reaching catastrophic levels, and Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has called for a massive international relief effort to take place immediately. The desperate living conditions in Borno State show the devastating impact of the ongoing conflict between Boko Haram and the Nigerian military. In several locations, people have sought refuge in towns or camps controlled by the military, and are entirely reliant on outside aid that does not reach them.
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'We are struggling to fill the gaps': Interview with an MSF coordinator in northeastern Nigeria
At the end of 2016, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) started to offer primary healthcare and other services in Pulka, in the northeastern Nigerian state of Borno. Over the past few months, this small town situated next to the border with Cameroon has become a hotspot for new arrivals of people fleeing military operations by the Nigerian military and attacks by Boko Haram, and in search of food and basic services. Danca Paiva is MSF’s project coordinator in Pulka.
'There are dramatic gaps in health care': MSF medical director on the plight of displaced people in Borno, Nigeria
Borno state, located in northeastern Nigeria, is the main scene of the conflict between Boko Haram and the army that has affected the four countries bordering Lake Chad and has caused the displacement of more than 2.6 million people. In northeastern Nigeria, an estimated 1.8 million people have been displaced, more than half to the capital of Borno: Maiduguri.
In June 2016, MSF was able to start working outside Maiduguri, in different areas of the state. Although the situation did vary from one location to another, what the organisation found there was an alarming humanitarian crisis. The population remains extremely vulnerable and depends to a large extent on the minimum services it now receives and had been deprived of for a long time. But considerable medical and humanitarian needs remain unmet.\
Jean François Saint-Sauveur, medical director of MSF in Barcelona, has just returned from Borno, where he was able to visit three of the projects that MSF is carrying out in the state. Here, he explains his experience.
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From Dispatches: Fleeing violence, but finding hunger in Nigeria's Borno State
The desperate living conditions in Borno State show the devastating impact of the ongoing conflict between Boko Haram and the Nigerian military. In several locations, people have sought refuge in towns or camps controlled by the military, and are entirely reliant on outside aid that does not reach them. “Although a nutrition emergency was declared months ago, there has been a serious failure to help the people of Borno,” said Hugues Robert, head of MSF’s emergency response.
- Read more about the crisis and about MSF's response to medical malnutrition in the Fall 2016 issue of Dispatches, the MSF Canada magazine
- Crisis in Borno State: Testimonies from MSF patients displaced by conflict and malnutrition in northern Nigeria