“I saw intestines on the ground” – aid worker recalls Nigerian refugee camp bombing

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria – Aid worker Alfred Davies and his colleagues were providing vaccinations and giving out food in a refugee camp in northeast Nigeria when he noticed the buzzing of a plane passing overhead.

Moments later, a bomb exploded a few hundred metres away.

“Glass shattered, roofs collapsed and people were screaming and crying,” Davies, a project co-ordinator for Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone.

“I saw people with their bellies open, and intestines on the ground,” the Liberian aid worker said. “People were yelling: ‘Doctor, doctor, help me’ and ‘Save my child, save my mother’.”

Davies would later discover that the devastation was caused by a mistaken military air strike on the camp in Rann, in Borno state, aimed at Boko Haram militants who have made the region the heart of a seven-year bid to create an Islamic caliphate.

At least 90 people were killed by the bombing, including nine aid workers, but the death toll could reach 170, MSF said. Dozens of people have been airlifted to Maiduguri, the capital of Borno, and treated for serious injuries by surgical teams.

Source: Angola Press News Agency