NIGER: Charity event ended with deadly stampede, 20 people trampled to death

A humanitarian organisation operating in Diffa region, southern Niger, carried a charity event during which the officials planned to distribute food and goods to those in need at a refugee camp. At some point, the situation got out of control and ended with a violent stampede in which 20 people had been killed.

15 women and 5 children were trampled to death and 16 others were injured in the stampede in the early hours of Monday morning.

Camp volunteers said that there were too many people and some of them had to wait to receive food since Sunday. Those who hadn’t received food on Sunday stampeded early Monday at the distribution center.

According to the officials, the camp where the incident occurred was intended for people who fled unrest in neighboring Nigeria.

Boko Haram’s decade-long insurgency in northeastern Nigeria has killed tens of thousands and forced many more from their homes. An offshoot affiliated with the Islamic State group also carries out attacks. And bandits also carry out deadly attacks in parts of northern Nigeria.

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