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In Borno Babies, children, over 140 others allegedly die in Giwa Barracks

Some victims who spoke to the international organisation said people died as a result of disease, hunger, dehydration, and gunshot wounds.

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Amnesty International has revealed that children, babies are among 149 people who have died in detention in Giwa barracks which is located in Borno state, reports say.

Netsanet Belay, the Amnesty International Research and Advocacy Director for Africa, said “The discovery that babies and young children have died in appalling conditions in military detention is both harrowing and horrifying. We have repeatedly sounded the alarm over the high death rate of detainees in Giwa barracks but these findings show that, for both adults and children, it remains a place of death.”

Sahara Reporter said some victims who spoke to the international organisation said people died as a result of disease, hunger, dehydration, and gunshot wounds.

Reports also say children under the age of six have been left to die.

A former inmate who spoke to Amnesty International said “No one has a shirt so you can count the ribs of their body. There is no cleaning, so you live in disease.

“It is like a toilet. Me and my brother were sick inside the cell. Diarrhea was common.”

According to reports, another witness said “It is hunger and thirst and the heat – these are the main problems,” one former detainee told Amnesty International.

“There is a small plastic bowl for food. People use it for small children. It is just that for each meal.”

Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 7 million people who take injustice personally. They campaign for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all.

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