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Hunger, Diseases Dominate North-west, Zamfara In Crisis, MSF Raises The Alarm by Luckydubby7(m): 5:41am On Jun 04
An international medical organisation, Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), on Thursday painted a gloomy picture of the humanitarian crisis in the North-West, saying the area was dominated by hunger and diseases.

The MSF stated this in a statement issued from a hospital it supported in Anka, Zamfara State.

The group’s Head of Mission in Nigeria, Froukje Pelsma, according to the statement, said, “The lives of people in North-West Nigeria are now dominated by hunger, abuse and preventable diseases.

“What is happening here is a humanitarian emergency that needs urgent attention and a proper response. The authorities and all relevant stakeholders should assume their responsibilities towards affected communities.”

The MSF’s Dr Godwin Emudanohwo, stated that the crisis in Zamfara State was more pathetic.

He stated, “Our teams in Zamfara State have witnessed an alarming rise in preventable illnesses associated with a lack of food, drinking water, shelter and vaccinations.

“Children keep on arriving here (in the hospital) in a very bad condition. In the first four months of 2021, our teams in Anka, Zurmi and Shinkafi treated 10,300 children for severe acute malnutrition, measles, malaria, diarrhoea and respiratory infections. This is 54 per cent higher than last year.”

The group, therefore, called for an urgent humanitarian response for people in the region who were desperately short of food, drinking water, shelter, protection and basic services, including healthcare.

It stated that what began as occasional clashes between farmers and herders competing over increasingly scarce land and water resources had evolved into violence by armed groups, who used kidnapping and plundering as a lucrative source of income.

According to MSF teams, people who make it to MSF health facilities usually say that the surge in violence has driven them to flee their homes, farms and grazing lands

They said some had sought protection in Zamfara’s larger towns, such as Anka, where they were sheltering in camps, both formal and informal.

The MSF teams also described the living conditions in the camps as dire, with no regular food distributions or proper shelter, and with insufficient water and sanitation facilities.

According to them, other people have stayed in villages, too afraid to travel on insecure roads and delaying their trips to seek healthcare or fulfil other basic needs.

According to the group, a woman identified as Halima, stated, “There’s hardly any food to give my children.”

The MSF said Halima’s two children were being treated for severe acute malnutrition by the MSF in Anka hospital.

The woman stated, “We can no longer grow crops because criminals attack our farms. Two of my children got measles and were growing very thin. The roads are very dangerous but I had to risk our lives and bring them to the hospital. The last time their elder sister got measles, I decided it was too late to travel by road and bring her to the hospital. She had complications and now she is blind.”

The MSF disclosed that in February 2021, there were more than 124,000 displaced people living in Zamfara State, according to the International Organisation for Migration, which is an increase of more than 12,000 since August 2020.

In Anka town alone, MSF said its teams had counted more than 14,000 displaced people, with around 1,599 arrivals in the past four months.

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“We had to flee our grazing lands and most of our cattle were stolen,” said Nana, who was sheltering in a camp for displaced people on the edge of Anka. “Now there’s very little for us to eat. I make a living by selling cows’ milk to local people.”

The MSF’s Emudanohwo stated, “The 150 beds in MSF’s paediatric ward in Anka hospital are already full, but staff fear the worst has yet to come. We are currently running out of bed capacity in Anka hospital.

“Families tell us they won’t be able to farm for the new season, which means a new cycle of hunger. And the rainy season is yet to start, when malaria and other seasonal diseases increase. People here need food, safe water and vaccinations.”

The group added that reports of kidnappings, killings, armed robbery and sexual violence had multiplied.

“From January to April, our teams in Zamfara have received over 100 survivors of sexual violence,” said MSF’s Dr Noble Nma, medical activity manager in Shinkafi, where the MSF runs a clinic for survivors of sexual violence.

Nma stated, “Women and sometimes men are abducted by armed men and subjected to violation for a few weeks before being returned to their community. This is in addition to the violence faced by women within the community itself.”

He said there was fear of travelling along dangerous roads as rape survivors often sought support when it was late.

He stated, “The survivors are afraid to take the roads, so they usually arrive at our clinics too late to prevent sexually transmitted infections and serious mental trauma.

“They tell us that there are more survivors out there who are afraid to travel here, so we fear that we’re only seeing the tip of the iceberg.”

MSF Head of Mission in Nigeria, Pelsma, said, “What is happening here is a humanitarian emergency that needs urgent attention and a proper response. The authorities and all relevant stakeholders should assume their responsibilities towards affected communities.”

In his reaction, the Special Adviser Media to the Zamfara State Governor on Media, Alhaji Zailani Baffa, stated, “The crisis in the North-West is not new to the World. Every quarter keeps the zeal in breaking news of killings and abductions without commensurate response in bringing real help, practical support to the affected people.

“The Federal Government has created the North-East Commission due to ravaging problem of Boko Haram. But Zamfara State receives no single Kobo in support of the humanitarian crisis created by the menace of banditry.

“However, within its meager resources, the state government under Dr Bello Mohammed created the Ministry for Humanitarian Affairs and has been rendering all possible supports to victims of banditry in the state through medical and food supplies to the affected areas.”

In Katsina State, Governor Aminu Masari’s Special Adviser on security, Ahmad Ibrahim, said the state government was doing everything to ensure that the state was safe.

He said, “ Please, I cut short a call to answer your call. But all I can tell you is that the state government is working in collaboration with security agencies to ensure safety of lives and property.”
https://punchng.com/hunger-diseases-dominate-nwest-zamfara-in-crisis-msf-raises-the-alarm/

Re: Hunger, Diseases Dominate North-west, Zamfara In Crisis, MSF Raises The Alarm by FreeIgbos: 5:48am On Jun 04
Hunger ravaged and desease infested people yet they always foam in the mouth and threaten Southerners. With all the resources they have stolen from South and keeps stealing from us, they have remained hunger ravaged and disease infested. This people are cursed walahi grin grin

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Re: Hunger, Diseases Dominate North-west, Zamfara In Crisis, MSF Raises The Alarm by Tolumiide: 5:58am On Jun 04
Innocent people
Re: Hunger, Diseases Dominate North-west, Zamfara In Crisis, MSF Raises The Alarm by FreeIgbos: 5:59am On Jun 04
Luckydubby7:
A[b]n international medical organisation, Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), on Thursday painted a gloomy picture of the humanitarian crisis in the North-West, saying the area was dominated by hunger and diseases.[/b]

The MSF stated this in a statement issued from a hospital it supported in Anka, Zamfara State.

The group’s Head of Mission in Nigeria, Froukje Pelsma, according to the statement, said, “The lives of people in North-West Nigeria are now dominated by hunger, abuse and preventable diseases.

“What is happening here is a humanitarian emergency that needs urgent attention and a proper response. The authorities and all relevant stakeholders should assume their responsibilities towards affected communities.”

The MSF’s Dr Godwin Emudanohwo, stated that the crisis in Zamfara State was more pathetic.

He stated, “Our teams in Zamfara State have witnessed an alarming rise in preventable illnesses associated with a lack of food, drinking water, shelter and vaccinations.

“Children keep on arriving here (in the hospital) in a very bad condition. In the first four months of 2021, our teams in Anka, Zurmi and Shinkafi treated 10,300 children for severe acute malnutrition, measles, malaria, diarrhoea and respiratory infections. This is 54 per cent higher than last year.”

The group, therefore, called for an urgent humanitarian response for people in the region who were desperately short of food, drinking water, shelter, protection and basic services, including healthcare.

It stated that what began as occasional clashes between farmers and herders competing over increasingly scarce land and water resources had evolved into violence by armed groups, who used kidnapping and plundering as a lucrative source of income.

According to MSF teams, people who make it to MSF health facilities usually say that the surge in violence has driven them to flee their homes, farms and grazing lands

They said some had sought protection in Zamfara’s larger towns, such as Anka, where they were sheltering in camps, both formal and informal.

The MSF teams also described the living conditions in the camps as dire, with no regular food distributions or proper shelter, and with insufficient water and sanitation facilities.

According to them, other people have stayed in villages, too afraid to travel on insecure roads and delaying their trips to seek healthcare or fulfil other basic needs.

According to the group, a woman identified as Halima, stated, “There’s hardly any food to give my children.”

The MSF said Halima’s two children were being treated for severe acute malnutrition by the MSF in Anka hospital.

The woman stated, “We can no longer grow crops because criminals attack our farms. Two of my children got measles and were growing very thin. The roads are very dangerous but I had to risk our lives and bring them to the hospital. The last time their elder sister got measles, I decided it was too late to travel by road and bring her to the hospital. She had complications and now she is blind.”

The MSF disclosed that in February 2021, there were more than 124,000 displaced people living in Zamfara State, according to the International Organisation for Migration, which is an increase of more than 12,000 since August 2020.

In Anka town alone, MSF said its teams had counted more than 14,000 displaced people, with around 1,599 arrivals in the past four months.

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“We had to flee our grazing lands and most of our cattle were stolen,” said Nana, who was sheltering in a camp for displaced people on the edge of Anka. “Now there’s very little for us to eat. I make a living by selling cows’ milk to local people.”

The MSF’s Emudanohwo stated, “The 150 beds in MSF’s paediatric ward in Anka hospital are already full, but staff fear the worst has yet to come. We are currently running out of bed capacity in Anka hospital.

“Families tell us they won’t be able to farm for the new season, which means a new cycle of hunger. And the rainy season is yet to start, when malaria and other seasonal diseases increase. People here need food, safe water and vaccinations.”

The group added that reports of kidnappings, killings, armed robbery and sexual violence had multiplied.

“From January to April, our teams in Zamfara have received over 100 survivors of sexual violence,” said MSF’s Dr Noble Nma, medical activity manager in Shinkafi, where the MSF runs a clinic for survivors of sexual violence.

Nma stated, “Women and sometimes men are abducted by armed men and subjected to violation for a few weeks before being returned to their community. This is in addition to the violence faced by women within the community itself.”

He said there was fear of travelling along dangerous roads as rape survivors often sought support when it was late.

He stated, “The survivors are afraid to take the roads, so they usually arrive at our clinics too late to prevent sexually transmitted infections and serious mental trauma.

“They tell us that there are more survivors out there who are afraid to travel here, so we fear that we’re only seeing the tip of the iceberg.”

MSF Head of Mission in Nigeria, Pelsma, said, “What is happening here is a humanitarian emergency that needs urgent attention and a proper response. The authorities and all relevant stakeholders should assume their responsibilities towards affected communities.”

In [b]his reaction, the Special Adviser Media to the Zamfara State Governor on Media, Alhaji Zailani Baffa, stated, “The crisis in the North-West is not new to the World. Every quarter keeps the zeal in breaking news of killings and abductions [/b]without commensurate response in bringing real help, practical support to the affected people.

“The Federal Government has created the North-East Commission due to ravaging problem of Boko Haram. But Zamfara State receives no single Kobo in support of the humanitarian crisis created by the menace of banditry.

“However, within its meager resources, the state government under Dr Bello Mohammed created the Ministry for Humanitarian Affairs and has been rendering all possible supports to victims of banditry in the state through medical and food supplies to the affected areas.”

In Katsina State, Governor Aminu Masari’s Special Adviser on security, Ahmad Ibrahim, said the state government was doing everything to ensure that the state was safe.

He said, “ Please, I cut short a call to answer your call. But all I can tell you is that the state government is working in collaboration with security agencies to ensure safety of lives and property.”

https://punchng.com/hunger-diseases-dominate-nwest-zamfara-in-crisis-msf-raises-the-alarm/

Look at the miserable region already suffering from humanitarian crises but instead of being sober and reflecting on how to save themselves, they rather chose to be threatening Southerners everyday.

Nonsense and ingredients!

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Re: Hunger, Diseases Dominate North-west, Zamfara In Crisis, MSF Raises The Alarm by Dudo: 5:59am On Jun 04
Hnnnmmm

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Re: Hunger, Diseases Dominate North-west, Zamfara In Crisis, MSF Raises The Alarm by StaffofOrayan(m): 6:01am On Jun 04
People wey dey feed the nation
Na wah o
You will never see a Northerner open a thread to save their people!
Not a single thread,
So I warn people not to waste their pity

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Re: Hunger, Diseases Dominate North-west, Zamfara In Crisis, MSF Raises The Alarm by richmond500: 6:21am On Jun 04
Instead of sympathizing with them, the thread is full with insults and yet we will be the first to shout hatred when the ox is gored at us.

By the way, fvck is PMB doing? The entire country is having it rough, if he can't salvage the situation, make him resign na, what sort of curse is he?

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Re: Hunger, Diseases Dominate North-west, Zamfara In Crisis, MSF Raises The Alarm by Factfinder1(m): 6:21am On Jun 04
Their brother is the president and he has forsaken his own people

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Re: Hunger, Diseases Dominate North-west, Zamfara In Crisis, MSF Raises The Alarm by LagbajaTheBEREAN: 6:21am On Jun 04
E Be Things....
Re: Hunger, Diseases Dominate North-west, Zamfara In Crisis, MSF Raises The Alarm by Grace001: 6:21am On Jun 04
Parasitic region...They will soon migrate to southern Nigeria now

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Re: Hunger, Diseases Dominate North-west, Zamfara In Crisis, MSF Raises The Alarm by BOSSFX: 6:21am On Jun 04
What else would you expect from a region that believes education is 'haram'? And never commits their kids to sound development of their mind, except sending them to quranic centres 'Almajiri' centre. They only see the world with one colour 'bias' sense: religion.
Anyways, Dem no they tell blind man, e dey rain for outside. Maybe, this experiences will help them realize the critical values of 'western' education for development and peace, both for each one of them and their region.
I see this as the root of their challenges over there.

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Re: Hunger, Diseases Dominate North-west, Zamfara In Crisis, MSF Raises The Alarm by officialwdhtv(f): 6:21am On Jun 04
Terrible situation!

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Re: Hunger, Diseases Dominate North-west, Zamfara In Crisis, MSF Raises The Alarm by Muhylonaire007: 6:21am On Jun 04
Lol... Everybody dey collect steady! grin grin

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Re: Hunger, Diseases Dominate North-west, Zamfara In Crisis, MSF Raises The Alarm by Maxymilliano(m): 6:22am On Jun 04
“Children keep on arriving here (in the hospital) in a very bad condition. In the first four months of 2021, our teams in Anka, Zurmi and Shinkafi treated 10,300 children for severe acute malnutrition, measles, malaria, diarrhoea and respiratory infections. This is 54 per cent higher than last year.”

And all the Governor could be bothered about is decamping to the devilish APC

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Re: Hunger, Diseases Dominate North-west, Zamfara In Crisis, MSF Raises The Alarm by TimmyTen(m): 6:22am On Jun 04
Even in their hunger, starvation and poverty they will still stand by any dunce as long as he is a northerner. If na so, I wish them more poverty

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Re: Hunger, Diseases Dominate North-west, Zamfara In Crisis, MSF Raises The Alarm by athaboi(f): 6:22am On Jun 04
Will they listen?? All they want it for a fulani Muslim to be president, whether he is a cow it doesn't matter to them

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Re: Hunger, Diseases Dominate North-west, Zamfara In Crisis, MSF Raises The Alarm by kennosklint(m): 6:24am On Jun 04
grin never you waste your pity on northerners , they are not humans if you doubt me go to BBC hausa you will confirm their animals in human skins lifestyle. Fia this country must divide make parasite kuku finish en work...

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Re: Hunger, Diseases Dominate North-west, Zamfara In Crisis, MSF Raises The Alarm by compton11: 6:24am On Jun 04
Everything is just expensive

Buhari is a disaster

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Re: Hunger, Diseases Dominate North-west, Zamfara In Crisis, MSF Raises The Alarm by ma373733: 6:24am On Jun 04
Let them eat thier onions na.
Na we dey feed the nation na weed dey feed the nationgrin
Apart from politics north west is a totally useless regiongrin they know that
That's why they are holding tight to power they have no choice anyways

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Re: Hunger, Diseases Dominate North-west, Zamfara In Crisis, MSF Raises The Alarm by Riplogic(m): 6:25am On Jun 04
StaffofOrayan:
People wey dey feed the nation
Na wah o
You will never see a Northerner open a thread to save their people!
Not a single thread,
So I warn people not to waste their pity

How many northerners do you think are on nairaland?
They are living their lives outside your nairaland.

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Re: Hunger, Diseases Dominate North-west, Zamfara In Crisis, MSF Raises The Alarm by eldoradoxx(f): 6:25am On Jun 04
Mind you,Buhari your Messiah is from North West. He has brought only poverty and misery to his people, yet the same fools keep supporting him. A man who has ravaged his people so badly is now threatening the South East with war. We shall see whether the soldiers he will send from North will not pass through Benue where Fulani bandits have been killing people in their tens and hundreds on daily basis.

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Re: Hunger, Diseases Dominate North-west, Zamfara In Crisis, MSF Raises The Alarm by Felixtuta(m): 6:25am On Jun 04
They are in charge government. The oil wells belong to them, yet people of their immediate community are hungry..

How did we get here? Our leaders are our problem.

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Re: Hunger, Diseases Dominate North-west, Zamfara In Crisis, MSF Raises The Alarm by TimmyTen(m): 6:26am On Jun 04
FreeIgbos:
Hunger ravaged and desease infested people yet they always foam in the mouth and threaten Southerners. With all the resources they have stolen from South and keeps stealing from us, they have remained hunger ravaged and disease infested. This people are cursed walahi grin grin

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Re: Hunger, Diseases Dominate North-west, Zamfara In Crisis, MSF Raises The Alarm by Osanoghodua1: 6:26am On Jun 04
There father is in power. Is Zamfara Hausa dominated or Fulani? I think Dubai and Saudi will send in food. This is the result of injustice, you brought in Sharia law now, the Sharia law has turn against you. God will have mercy on the innocent.

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Re: Hunger, Diseases Dominate North-west, Zamfara In Crisis, MSF Raises The Alarm by DMechyy: 6:26am On Jun 04
Sad

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Re: Hunger, Diseases Dominate North-west, Zamfara In Crisis, MSF Raises The Alarm by Yeeyo: 6:26am On Jun 04
Buhari have successful destroyed this country and still some animal's are saying he is the best.

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Re: Hunger, Diseases Dominate North-west, Zamfara In Crisis, MSF Raises The Alarm by TimmyTen(m): 6:26am On Jun 04
eldoradoxx:
Mind you,Buhari your Messiah is from North West. He has brought only poverty and misery to his people, yet the same fools keep supporting him. A man who has ravaged his people so badly is now threatening the South East with war. We shall see whether the soldiers he will send from North will not pass through Benue where Fulani bandits have been killing people in their tens and hundreds on daily basis.
Re: Hunger, Diseases Dominate North-west, Zamfara In Crisis, MSF Raises The Alarm by Flyingngel(m): 6:28am On Jun 04
Sultan will not see this, rather he is busy with establishment of Sharia Court. I don't know who they will impose this Sharia on if more than half of their people is diseases infected and killed.

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Re: Hunger, Diseases Dominate North-west, Zamfara In Crisis, MSF Raises The Alarm by donestk(m): 6:29am On Jun 04
Yeah its obvious
Re: Hunger, Diseases Dominate North-west, Zamfara In Crisis, MSF Raises The Alarm by SpatialKing(m): 6:29am On Jun 04
They should treat the hunger in the language it understands

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Re: Hunger, Diseases Dominate North-west, Zamfara In Crisis, MSF Raises The Alarm by busybrain123(m): 6:30am On Jun 04
shocked

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