14 million affected by Boko Haram conflict – Swiss research group

Boko Haram’s insurgency has created a severe humanitarian crisis in Nigeria’s north-eastern States of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, says ACAPS, a Swiss-based research group, in its July report.

Over 14 million people are affected by conflict in these states and more than 10 million are in need, it says.

Recent military operations, which led to the recovery of territories previously under Boko Haram’s control, have revealed the scale of the humanitarian needs of civilians living in the three states.

Borno is most affected, as 4.5 million people are estimated to be in need of humanitarian assistance, and 4.1 million are food insecure. In Yobe 3.2 million people are estimated to be in need, including 2.3 million food insecure, while in Adamawa 900,000 people are food insecure.

IDPs (Internally Displaced People) within host communities or informal camps have the highest needs, followed by those in formal (government-run) camps.
At least 3 million people in Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa, especially in recently accessible areas, need urgent assistance, the report says.

People have insufficient food due to ongoing conflict, compounded by displacement, poor purchasing power, the restriction of food assistance, and slow humanitarian aid delivery.

The report also points out a high number of sexual and gender-based violence, including sexual exploitation, and radicalisation, especially within IDP camps.

(Source: WorldWatch Monitor)

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