The United Nations has reportedly made the first food aid delivery to thousands of people displaced by Boko Haram Islamists in the Nigerian town of Banki, where hundreds have starved to death since March.
This is according to AFP.
Officials from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reportedly delivered 30 tonnes of “various lifesaving food items” transported from neighboring Cameroon.
The convoy which got to Banki, distributed food to the more than 25,000 people in the town.
An additional 700 kilograms of supplementary food for malnourished children was equally airlifted from the state capital Maiduguri to Banki on the same day.
The AFP noted that this was the first aid delivery to the thousands of internally displaced in the northeast region in the last four months following the deadly Boko Haram raids.
They have been without food and basic supplies and relied on paltry food handouts from soldiers who have been sharing their rations.