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9 Dead, Many Injured As Fire Engulfs Rann IDPs Camp

Six weeks after the Islamic militants, Boko Haram attacked Rann in Kala Balge local government area of Borno State, another disaster has hit the internally displaced persons, IDPs, camp.

This is following an outbreak of fire, which killed nine people and injured many others in the camp.

According to Suleiman Ajiya, who spoke on the development on Monday, the IDPs had been left with nothing after the United Nations withdrew its staff and support from that part of the state.

“Our people have been dying of hunger and starvation since the UN left. There is nothing to eat as the little that is available from government and well meaning Nigerians is not even enough for the women and children.

“There is also no medical care and people are now open to so many diseases due to hunger and starvation in the camp. Also lack of water has been a problem, which the people have been battling with.

“Today, at about 12 noon, there was a fire outbreak. Some people who were down due to hunger and its related sickness were choked. There was no water to fight the fire, thereby living no help for those who were trapped in the fire.

“We lost nine people with several others injured as a result of the fire incident this afternoon. We are calling for help for these people because they are really suffering for now,” Ajiya said.

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