Niger: Thousands of Nigerians fleeing Boko Haram war find refuge in eastern Niger

Niamey, Niger (PANA) – Thousands of people fleeing from clashes between the Nigerian Army and insurgents of the Islamic sect Boko Haram have in recent weeks flocked to Niger's easternmost region of Diffa, the International Red Cross Society (IRCS) said in Niamey Friday.
According to IRCS Head of the Delegation, Loukas Petridis, this mass movement of people is the biggest registered during the past months.

These people, mainly women and children, have fled from Nigerian localities of Bama, Baga, Doron Baga and Kaya Koura where the clashes intensified recently.

"They are completely destitute and depend entirely on the solidarity of the host communities who take care of them and on relief assistance from humanitarian organizations," Petridis said.

“All their belongings have been looted or burnt in their houses during the clashes," said Marc Fumeaux, an expert in economic security.

In Diffa, some of the people live in makeshift shelters in the out limits of the town. The fortunate ones are being taken care of by host families, who also struggle to assure their own subsistence.

"They urgently need food and basic necessities," he said.

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03 october 2014 16:33:52

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