Refugees fleeing Nigeria need urgent assistance

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Refugees from Nigeria queue to get water at the Minawao camp in Cameroon. Photo: UNHCR/D. Mbaiorem

As violence spills into countries neighbouring Nigeria, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) is calling for urgent humanitarian access to displaced people.

UNHCR says the situation is becoming increasingly terrifying for refugees, locals and aid workers.

Nigeria has been battling Boko Haram in the north of the country for a number of years.

Thousands of people have died at the hands of the terrorist group.

Stephanie Castro reports.

Urgent humanitarian access to refugees and internally displaced people is needed in Niger, Cameroon and Chad.

That's the only way UNHCR can provide emergency assistance to more than 157,000 people who have been fleeing violence in north-eastern Nigeria.

An estimated 100,000 fled to Niger, 40,000 to Cameroon, and 17,000 to Chad.

In addition, nearly one million people were estimated to be internally displaced inside Nigeria.

Adrian Edwards is Spokesperson for UNHCR.

"Our foremost concern is obviously the security of refugees, of the internally displaced, of the local community. We're doing everything we can in these countries to help but of course the safety of humanitarian workers matters to us very much too."

The agency says at present no humanitarian aid at all is being provided to people in Bosso, a village in Niger on the Nigerian border.

Stephanie Castro, United Nations.

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