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NEMA counts costs of terror in North East

11 August 2014, 08:12Augustine Osayande

Abuja - About 9 million people have been affected by security challenges in the North Eastern States of the country.


The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) disclosed the figures in a report exploring the human challenges in communities in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States

According to the report, more than 3 million persons are presently in dire need of humanitarian assistance.

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The report said the impact of unprecedented insurgency and conflicts had been devastating with negative effects on the lives of the people and destruction of public infrastructure and facilities as well as private property.

“The people have continued to contend with myriads of challenges arising from severe deprivation and serious disruption to their normal livelihood, health, security, free movement and education among others," NEMA stated.

At least 55 percent or about 500 educational institutions in the region are shutdown having been completely or partially destroyed by the insurgency with primary and secondary schools most affected, the agency said.

The report also clearly stated that access to health care was another big challenge and few existing health facilities were seriously overstretched. 

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Out of the over 3 000 health facilities in the three states, many of them have been completely destroyed, some partially destroyed or closed down due to lack of staff and medication.

It revealed that human displacements had become an ugly phenomenon with many of the inhabitants fleeing their villages to seek refuge in Local Government headquarters, state capitals and neighbouring states.

“Some of the displaced persons live in camps, while most of them are taking cover with host families that are friends and relations.”

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