"Absolute terror" of Nigerians fleeing Boko Haram group

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A group of refugees in Diffa, Niger, after fleeing Boko Haram violence in Nigeria. Photo: OCHA/Franck Kuwonu

Nigerians who have fled attacks by Boko Haram terrorist fighters in the north-east of the country have been talking of their "absolute terror."

The UN Human Rights office, OHCHR, said the comments came from individuals who had escaped or were rescued from towns previously held by Boko Haram.

Daniel Dickinson reports

The Boko Haram insurgents continue to terrorize communities in the north-east of Nigeria.

The UN estimates that some 1.3 million people have been displaced by the violence and insecurity.

Rupert Colville is a spokesperson for OHCHR.

"Civilians in north-east Nigeria had been living through horrifying acts of cruelty and violence by Boko Haram. These include wanton killings, summary executions, forced participation in military operations – including the use of children to detonate bombs, forced labour, forced marriage and sexual violence, including rape."

The High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, said that abuses were also being carried out by Nigerian armed forces.

He urged the new administration of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari to take measures to bring to justice all perpetrators of human rights violations.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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