Nigeria violence displaces 1 million

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Katsina, Nigeria. Lucian Read/WorldPictureNews (NICA ID: 546761)

Boko Haram violence in Nigeria may have forced at least one million people to flee their homes, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Tuesday.

The organisation's latest estimates come amid renewed bombings and mass killings in the north-east of the country, where there's a state of emergency.

The million figure is a combination of IOM and Nigerian government data on people displaced from 10 states including Borno, the heart of Boko Haram activity.

IOM spokesperson Joel Millman told reporters in Geneva that that the real number of displaced was likely to be even higher once January's tally has been calculated:

"With some of the violence that has taken place in January, we think that figure is higher but that's the latest and most accurate figure we have that IOM was able to compile. It's important to note that 58 per cent of those are children under 18 years of age, most of those are under five."

IOM has said there's growing evidence of turmoil spilling over Nigeria's borders into neighbouring Cameroon, Niger and Chad, where it estimates that the number of refugees and displaced people is at least 120,000.

Daniel Johnson, United Nations.

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