Lagos - Scores of refugees that fled to Niger are contemplating a bleak future owing to the terror crisis spilling over to the host communities in the neighbouring country they sought refuge in, a humanitarian agency said.
The conflict broke out several months ago in north-eastern Nigeria has overflown over the border into neighbouring Niger, with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) reporting that since early February, several areas in the Diffa region in the south-eastern corner of Niger had been the scene of fighting and violence which has caused many deaths and injuries and displaced thousands of people.
The humanitarian situation has worsened much to the plight of Niger’s internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees that fled the Boko Haram terror in Nigeria.
“Some of these displaced persons come from the town of Bosso, where the fighting took them by surprise. As they had to leave everything behind and flee, they are absolutely destitute and urgently need food,” Illa Djadi, who is in charge of distributing aid in the region, explained.
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“Others are refugees or returnees who had already fled from the violence in Nigeria and who were relying on host communities' solidarity and the assistance of humanitarian organizations. These people feel that there is no escape from the endless cycle of violence and displacement and that the future is even dimmer,” added Djadji.
Loukas Petridis, head of the delegation of the ICRC in Niger, painted a grim picture.
“The humanitarian situation is extremely worrying. People have been killed and wounded in what are sometimes indiscriminate attacks and we are very anxious about the plight of thousands of displaced persons,” Petridis said.
the ICRC and the Red Cross Society of Niger have distributed food supplies to some 5 000 people in Kablewa, Ouidi, Kawa and Djariho (N'Guigmi department), areas which have sheltered a large number of displaced persons since the fighting broke out at Bosso early February.
The Boko Haram crisis has claimed thousands of lives and displaced more than 1 million others in Nigeria.
A high number of victims have fled to neighbouring countries, which however have not been spared the terror.
- CAJ News