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Nigeria: MSF strongly condemns the aerial bombing of a displaced camp in Rann

At least 120 people were wounded and 52 killed following the bombing by the Nigerian Army in an internally displaced person's camp in Rann, Nigeria, on 17 January.

“This large-scale attack on vulnerable people who have already fled from extreme violence is shocking and unacceptable,” says Dr Jean-Clément Cabrol, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Director of Operations.

“The safety of civilians must be respected. We are urgently calling on all parties to ensure the facilitation of medical evacuations by air or road for survivors who are in need of emergency care.”

MSF medical teams are currently providing first aid to 120 wounded patients in its facility in Rann. Our medical and surgical teams in the region are preparing to treat evacuated patients.

No MSF staff members were wounded or killed in the attack.

We have unfortunately received the sad information that three employees of a Cameroonian firm, hired by MSF to provide water and sanitation services in the camp, lost their lives during the attack.

Our deepest sympathy goes out to their families and we are doing all we can to support them in this difficult time.

We have worked closely with them in the past in Nigeria and they were well-known to many of our teams.

We are at a loss to understand this tragedy.

At the time of the attack, MSF teams were vaccinating children against measles and screening them for malnutrition as well as providing general health consultations.

MSF first started working in Nigeria in 1996, and is one of the few organisations still able to operate in hard-to-reach areas of the country.

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