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37, 000 People Have Been Killed and 2.2m Displaced since Onset of Boko Haram- UN

Since the Boko Haram insurgency began 12 years ago, over 37, 000 people have been killed, while another 2.2m have been displaced.

This was made known in Abuja, during the first UN humanitarian retreat setup to end terrorism in the Northeast.

Delivering the meeting’s address, United Nations (UN) Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Edward Kallon said that, “At the peak of the crisis, over 2.2 million people were displaced in the BAY States and another 303,963 Nigerian refugees in neighbouring countries in Cameroon, Chad and Niger.

“The situation is also very dynamic and 1.9 million people remain internally displaced in the worst affected states and an estimated 1.6 million people that have returned to relatively safe areas.

Venue of the UN Humanitarian Retreat in Abuja, Transcorp Hilton

“We are currently facing unprecedented challenges with increasing levels of violence, not just in the Northeast but also elsewhere in Nigeria.

“We are also facing, as a result of this, a shrinking humanitarian space, a real threat to humanitarian staff, facilities and operations.

“We are still reeling from the impact of COVID-19, including the socio-economic impact of the pandemic in Nigeria.

“The COVID-19 pandemic will also likely have a profound impact on our funding environment, with available funding either stagnant or reducing in the year and, likely, beyond 2021.”

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