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400 000 people internally displaced by northeast terror

13 August 2014, 19:06

Abuja - The terror crisis in the northeastern region of the country has internally displaced more than 360 000 people since the beginning of the year, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said on Wednesday.

According to the information officer in Northeast zonal office of the agency, AbdulKadir Ibrahim, Borno State had the highest number with 183 031 internally-displaced persons (IDPs).

Yobe and Adamawa States also had crises that resulted in the number of IDPS shooting to 360 462.

The spokesman revealed that this had overdrawn the agency which had to prepare at all time to meet humanitarian crisis in the region.

"Because of the magnitude of cases of areas affected by the insurgency and the numbers of IDPs, NEMA has trained volunteers and Emergency Management Vanguard who work with Red Cross to set up camps and to register internally displaced persons."

Ibrahim also disclosed that those recently displaced as a result of the capture of Gwoza by the insurgents are now displaced in Madagali in Adamawa state and Uba in Borno state with others fleeing to neighbouring Cameroon.

He added that those displaced by last Sunday's insurgency attack on Doron-Baga are accommodated at Central Primary School in Baga.

- CAJ News


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