At least nine people have died from cholera in a camp for refugees displaced by the Boko Haram Islamist insurgency in Nigeria’s northeast, the National Emergency Management Agency said Wednesday.
Mohammed Kanar, the agency’s regional coordinator, said 96 people were infected with the disease at the Sanda Kyarimi camp in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, which has seen some of the worst militant attacks. Six others are in critical condition, he said by phone from the city.
The insurgency has displaced 1.6 million people in Borno state, or 27 percent of the population. Many have fled to the relative safety of Maiduguri, with about 121,000 living in camps in the state capital, according to the agency. Others have fled to neighboring states such as Cameroon and Niger.
An explosion at a camp in Yola, south of Maiduguri, killed at least seven people last week and injured 13 others.