Niger: Boko Haram fuels crisis in Diffa Region

| December 22, 2014

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Nearly 90,000 Nigerians have fled into neighbouring Niger’s impoverished Diffa Region this year to escape Boko Haram militias.

Since August, between 10,000 and 30,000 people have left Nigeria every month. An unfavourable harvest in Diffa Region has raised concerns about food insecurity, especially for displaced and poor families.

The government of Niger is appealing for assistance. Government officials say the influx of Nigerian and tough local conditions have “placed the refugees, returnees and the local population in an extremely vulnerable situation that [meets] … all the conditions of a true humanitarian crisis.”

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