Over 7000 Nigerian refugees arrive in Chad

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Nigerian refugees wait to be registered by UNHCR in Ngouboua, western Chad. © Chadian Red Cross/H.Abdoulaye

Some 7300 refugees have arrived in western Chad in the past days, fleeing attacks by insurgents in north-east Nigeria, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR).

The mass displacement is reportedly the result of attacks on Baga town and neighbouring areas in Borno State by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

A special UN envoy to the West African region recently warned that the insurgency has spilled across the borders into Cameroon, Niger and Chad.

UNHCR Spokesperson Adrian Edwards has more.

"The attack on Baga left hundreds of people dead according to media reports and forced most of its inhabitants to flee. In Chad, refugees were staying with local communities in villages around 450 kilometres north-west of the capital, N'Djamena. The Chadian government had requested help from aid agencies for the refugees and distribution of relief items has already started. "

With the recent influxes, Chad is now hosting over 10,000 refugees.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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