Nigeria: Refugees in Niger struggle for food and water (Al Jazeera)

| September 19, 2016

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Thousands of Nigerian refugees in neighbouring countries such as Niger have been struggling for resources since fleeing attacks by Boko Haram.

The Nigerian army has taken back Boko Haram’s last remaining strongholds in Borno State and, while the UN reports that people have started returning to their devastated towns and villages, thousands remain in neighbouring countries, including Niger, Chad, and Cameroon.

People at a UN-run camp in Niger’s Diffa Region said they no longer fear Boko Haram, but were struggling to get on with their lives because of a lack of resources.

“We are not scared here. But we are hungry and thirsty,” said Ghoni Malem Baker, a refugee.

More than 15,000 people have been killed and 2.3 million forced from their homes since the conflict with Boko Haram began.

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