Lagos - Families fleeing the Boko Haram
crisis and resultant hunger in Nigeria are caught between the terrorists and
The insurgents and the army are attacking the refugees or
detaining them respectively.
A refugee who has settled in the Diffa region, east of
Niger, Djoumai Tchaiman (28) recounted how she and his family spent days
walking hundreds of kilometers, risking
attacks by the Islamic militant sect, only for the army to arrest her
husband as a suspect upon the family reaching theur setinantion of refuge.
Tchaiman revealed how she and her husband as well as five
children had been wanting to leave the border between Chad, Niger and Nigeria
for a long time due to the insecurity but could not because of uncertainty as
to where the Boko Haram intended to attack.
Recent infighting within the terror group worked to the
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“We took the opportunity to flee when there were problems
between them and they were going to fight near our village,” said Tchaiman.
“After four days walking, we arrived in Toumour – me, my
five children, my husband and my parents-in-law. Unfortunately, when we arrived
my husband was arrested by the military as a suspect. Right now, I don’t know
where he is.”
Over the last few days, more than 200 families from
Nigeria and Chad have reached the town of Toumour, located in east Diffa
region, Niger, fleeing violence and hunger in their hometowns.
Most of the new arrivals are women and children
and, according to their testimonies, they walked for four to five days, though
only at night, for fear of being attacked by Boko Haram or detained by the
- CAJ News