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Millions internally displaced in Nigeria

20 June 2013, 09:00

Abuja - The number of internally displaced Nigerians has soared to more than 4 million as a result of terrorism activities that have bedevilled the country in recent years.

The National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced (NCRMID) disclosed the figures in Abuja ahead of World Refugee Day marked worldwide on Thursday under the theme, "One family torn apart by conflict is too many."

“Presently, we have 4.4 million internally displaced persons in the country. This number has increased due to the avalanche of crisis that befell the nation since 2012," Margaret Essien, NCRMID Head of the Department of the Internally Displaced Persons, said.

She said the commission was committed to reducing the plight of refugees through its various projects in Africa's most populous country of more than 160 million people.

NCRMID recently sent a truck load of relief material to Baga in Borno for distribution to persons affected by the recent crisis in the part of the country.

Borno is among several states characterised by terror blamed on the militant Boko Haram sect.

Apart from internally displacing people, the crisis had led to thousands of Nigerians to seek refuge in neighbouring countries.

- CAJ News


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