Deaths and displacement continue in conflict ridden Northeast Nigeria

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A family of 17 who fled from from Nigeria to Niger. [UNHCR Photo/ C.Arnaud]

Nearly 700 people have been killed in Northeast Nigeria since the state of emergency was declared in the states of Yobe, Borno and Adamawa in May 2013, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

OCHA says the violence and instability also continues to cause internal displacement inside Nigeria or across the border into Chad, Cameroon and Niger.

The UN Refugee agency (UNHCR) has provided transport to more than 17,000 people mainly, women, children and the elderly who have been internally displaced or fled across the borders into neighbouring countries.

OCHA says access to the northeast continues to be limited due to on-going insecurity, although humanitarian agencies are operating in the affected regions through local actors.

Aid agencies have also voiced concerns over the lack of government capacity to ensure the protection of basic human rights, disruptions to livelihood, lack of access to adequate food supplies and reports that some of the insurgents are fleeing to places of asylum or displacement.

The United Nations Central Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) has allocated US$ 3 million to support Cameroonian authorities provide for the influx of refugees.

Patrick Maigua, United Nations Radio, Geneva.

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