Via MSF.org: Nigeria: “I can’t find the words to describe what I saw in Rann,” Excerpt:
Alfred Davies is an MSF Field Coordinator in Nigeria. He was in Rann when the aerial attack occurred, and in the hours that followed. Here is what he witnessed:
The first bomb fell at 12.30pm and landed just a few metres away from the Red Cross office. The plane circled back around and it dropped a second bomb five minutes later.
I immediately called the rest of the team on the radio and they reassured me that luckily none of them had been injured. We met up at the tents we had erected a few days earlier.
Dozens of wounded began to pour in, and the flow of people continued for hours.
There are no words to describe the chaos. Some people had broken bones and torn flesh; their intestines hanging down to the floor. I saw the bodies of children that had been cut in two.
The tents were strewn with wounded, and there was barely any room to move. Many people were outside, lying on mats under the trees.
There was only one doctor and one nurse in our team, but each of us did what we could. Even the drivers helped us. We also had support from the Red Cross staff and military nurses.
I did not see the plane and I don’t know exactly what type of bomb it was. We found small metal slivers on the bodies.
What I saw was indescribable. In the space of one hour we counted 52 dead.
I think that our distributions of essential items such as mats and blankets saved a lot of people. Because they were queuing to collect them at the time of the attack, they were not in the town centre and escaped the bombs.
The hardest thing for our team is the frustration at not having had enough resources or medical equipment to save more of the wounded. A dozen people died in front of our eyes without receiving the urgent medical care they so badly needed. There used to be a hospital in Rann but it was damaged by fire last year and is not functional. The town was left with no medical facilities.