Nigeria: Boko Haram violence displaces 1.2 million Nigerians

| March 16, 2015

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More than 1.2 million Nigerians have been driven from their homes in areas affected by the Boko Haram insurgency, according to the latest figures from the National Emergency Management Authority, also known as NEMA.

The displaced people are mainly from Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe, the three states most affected by the violence. NEMA says that the numbers likely understate the scale of the crisis, as the agency has limited access to much of Borno State.

A recent report by the International Organization for Migration says that 90% of internally displaced people fled the insurgency in 2014. Boko Haram’s strategy at the time was to capture towns and villages.

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