Boko Haram: thousands of refugees in Niger
Attacks the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram have triggered a wave of refugees in neighboring Niger. Thousands of people fled on foot long distances, also the elderly and children.
Fearing the Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram Thousands of people have fled the West African Niger.
of islands in Lake Chad in the south east of Niger, more than 5,000 people had arrived in the far from the lake and the Chad border town n’guigmi, said a UN representative. More 11,500 refugees were expected in the city. A journalist on site estimated the number of refugees arrived at around 3000th
The Nigerian authorities had called last week to leave the islands in Lake Chad to Monday. This was in response to an attack by the Islamist Boko Haram militia in late April. When the fighting came, according to the Niger by 46 soldiers, 32 more are still missing. The military killed by its own account 156 Boko Haram fighters. For the impoverished Saharan state Niger it was the most bloodiest fight against the terrorists from the neighboring country. It was the highest death toll in Niger, since the country took part in a military offensive against Boko Haram.
A representative of a local NGO said, thousands of people, including children and the elderly were, walked more than 50 kilometers to n’guigmi.’ When they arrived, they were exhausted, hungry and thirsty’, Moussa Tchangari said. The town but made no arrangements to provide the refugees. The local authorities rejected this accusation.
Boko Haram is fighting for an Islamic state by force in the majority Muslim northern Nigeria. Since 2009, the group killed in attacks on police, army, churches and schools according to the UN more than 15,000 people, about 1.5 million people are on the run. For months and troops from neighboring countries such as Niger, Chad and Cameroon to support the armed forces of Nigeria in its fight against the fundamentalists.