Nearly two million people have been forced to flee their homes in northeastern Nigeria, to escape the violence of the terrorist group Boko Haram, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said.
According to IOM, nearly two million people have fled their homes in the north-east of the country to escape the violence of the Boko Haram group, adding that more than half of the displaced are children, and 133,000 of them are infants.
“We have seen the suffering of people. We saw their resilience. We saw their courage. We have seen their patience, “said IOM Director General William Lacy Swing during a visit to the affected region.
“This crisis,” he said, “is competing with about eight others, including those from Syria, Yemen and South Sudan, to attract the attention of the world.”
Mr. Swing traveled to Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, a stronghold of the terrorist group, Boko Haram, and where the IOM emergency response program is based. He also visited other cities devastated by the violence in Boko Haram as well as in the camp for displaced persons in the region.
The United Nations is stepping up its efforts to tackle the humanitarian crisis in northeastern Nigeria with an allocation of $ 10.5 million.