For several hours on 21 June, an MSF medical team was able to access the town of Bama, Borno state, where 24,000 people, including 15,000 children (among them 4,500 under five years of age) are sheltered in a camp located on a hospital compound.
During those few hours, the MSF medical team discovered a health crisis – referring 16 severely malnourished children at immediate risk of death to the MSF in-patient therapeutic feeding centre in Maiduguri. A rapid nutritional screening of more than 800 children found that 19 percent were suffering from severe acute malnutrition – the deadliest form of malnutrition.
During its assessment, the MSF team counted 1,233 cemetery graves located near the camp which had been dug in the past year. Of those graves, 480 were for children.
MSF was told more than 30 people die daily due to hunger and illness. Since May 23, at least 188 people have died in the camp – almost six people per day – mainly from diarrhoea and malnutrition.