The International Organization for Migration (IOM) during a meeting noted that over 59,000 individuals in the Northeast have been displaced and turned into homeless refugees because of the rise in violence in the last three months. They also labeled it to be the highest displacement in years.
Mr. Frantz Celestin, the chief of the UN Migration Agency in a statement said attacks by non-state armed groups in Nigeria have left relief workers unsure about the extent of needs among some communities.
Celestin said the terrorists have been applying a “hit-and-run” tactics which have caused many more persons to seek refuge in safer towns and neighboring nations.
According to the agency, the armed extremists, notably Boko Haram militants had contributed to a decade-long humanitarian crisis in Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe, that had spilled over into the Lake Chad region.
“Since November, we have seen 59,200 displaced,” IOM Nigeria’s Chief of Mission, Frantz Celestin said, noting that in the last two years, “we have not seen that many people on the move,” Celestin said.
He explained that the last two months of 2018 were marked by “an increased sophistication’” of non-State armed groups accompanied by “an increased number of attacks and success in taking towns.”