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Boko Haram, soldiers instill fear on fleeing families

13 September 2016, 10:37Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - Families fleeing the Boko Haram crisis and resultant hunger in Nigeria are caught between the terrorists and the army.

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 family’s favour.

Also read: PHOTOS: Another Boko Haram suspect arrested during Sallah

“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 army. 

- CAJ News


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