1.1m Nigerians displaced by Boko Haram, natural disasters in 2018

1.1m Nigerians displaced by Boko Haram, natural disasters in 2018

The Boko Haram insurgency continues to be the biggest driver of displacement in Nigeria. At least 1.1 million Nigerians were displaced by natural disasters as well as conflict and violence between January and December 2018. According to a new report by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), the total

The Boko Haram insurgency continues to be the biggest driver of displacement in Nigeria.
At least 1.1 million Nigerians were displaced by natural disasters as well as conflict and violence between January and December 2018.
According to a new report by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), the total number of Nigerians living in internally displaced person (IDP) camps stood at 2.2 million at the end of 2018.
Of the total number of people that were displaced in 2018, 613,000 Nigerians were displaced by disasters while 541,000 were displaced by conflict and violence.
The report read, “Ongoing conflict in north-eastern states and new conflict between herders and farmers over scarce resources in the Middle Belt led to 341,000 and 200,000 new displacements, respectively.
“Thirty-four of Nigeria’s thirty-six states were also affected by flooding as the banks of the Benue and Niger rivers burst, triggering 600,000 new displacements and submerging thousands of homes.”
The report noted that about 90% of the total 2.2 million displaced people were living in the northeast, with an estimated 832,000 people still living in areas under the control of armed groups in the troubled region.
The northeast region has endured ten years of an insurgency by terrorist group, Boko Haram , which is estimated to have killed 30,000 people and displaced millions. The Boko Haram insurgency continues to be the biggest driver of displacement in Nigeria according to the IDMC report.
“Despite official insistence that Boko Haram is close to defeat, attacks by armed opposition groups continued last year, particularly in the north-eastern states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe,” the report noted.

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