Seven women crushed to death in Nigeria aid handout

accreditation
0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Seven women have been killed in Nigeria.
Seven women have been killed in Nigeria.
  • Seven women have been killed during a stampede for food vouchers in the town of Monguno in Borno state.
  • Four other people were critically injured.
  • According to anti-jihadist member Bello Maikudi there was a stampede as women jostled to collect food vouchers.


Seven women were trampled to death in north east Nigeria on Thursday in a crush during a food distribution by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), a medical worker and residents said.

Thousands of people thronged the distribution site in the town of Monguno in Borno state to receive aid from ICRC, but the situation turned chaotic, leading to a stampede, the sources said.

Monguno, about 140 kilometres north of the state capital Maiduguri, houses tens of thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) who fled their homes to escape jihadist attacks and live in sprawling camps.

"We have taken dead bodies of seven women to the hospital along with four others who are critical," anti-jihadist militia member Bello Maikudi said.

"There was a stampede as women jostled to collect food vouchers brought by the ICRC," said Maikudi who was involved in the rescue operation.

Monguno resident Ibrahim Ismail gave the same toll and said it was an ICRC handout event.

Fatima Sator, ICRC spokeswoman in Nigeria, said the event was one of the agency's routine distributions of nutrition for pregnant and breast-feeding women.

ALSO READ | Nigeria hires money managers - including SA names - for R540bn infrastructure fund

She did not give details on the number of casualties or the cause of the incident.

Sator told AFP:

We are concerned and shocked by the loss of the life.

She said ICRC was offering assistance for those wounded.

A medical worker at the general hospital in Monguno confirmed receiving the casualties from the site.

"We have received seven dead bodies and four injured from the venue of the (food) ticket distribution," the medical source said.

"All the victims are women. Two of the injured are pregnant," said the medical source who asked not to be identified.

Displaced communities in Monguno live largely on food handouts from international charities.

Nigeria's jihadist conflict has killed 40 000 people and forced around two million out of the homes since 2009.

The violence has spilled into parts of neighbouring Niger, Chad and Cameroon, creating a dire humanitarian crisis.

In February 2020, 20 people were trampled to death in a stampede for food and money for refugees in the south eastern Niger town of Diffa.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Yes, I believed it was authentic
8% - 83 votes
Yes, I didn't want to spend that much money on the original item
22% - 229 votes
No, I always shop at reputable stores
15% - 161 votes
No, I don't wear designer clothing
55% - 589 votes
Vote
Rand - Dollar
14.61
+1.3%
Rand - Pound
20.03
+0.7%
Rand - Euro
17.12
+1.2%
Rand - Aus dollar
10.63
+0.9%
Rand - Yen
0.13
+1.5%
Gold
1,772.89
+0.3%
Silver
22.72
+0.2%
Palladium
1,990.00
-1.9%
Platinum
995.50
-0.6%
Brent Crude
76.19
+2.5%
Top 40
57,218
+0.5%
All Share
63,614
+0.4%
Resource 10
56,880
-0.1%
Industrial 25
82,343
+1.0%
Financial 15
14,177
+0.0%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

LEARN MORE