UN Withdraws Workers From N’East Region Over Persistent Boko Haram Attacks - TobiVibes


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UN Withdraws Workers From N’East Region Over Persistent Boko Haram Attacks

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The United Nations (UN) has withdrawn about 260 aid workers from the North-East region of Nigeria over increased Boko Haram attacks.

The UN also said the attacks have affected its humanitarian service delivery in the troubled region, added that more than 30,000 people had been displaced.

Edward Kallon, United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, in a statement confirmed that they have withdrawn 260 aid workers from the region.

He added that the upsurge in violence in the country’s North-East region had caused tens of thousands of innocent civilians to flee their homes.

“Clashes on December 26, 2018, between Nigerian government forces and non-state armed groups in Baga town, on the shores of Lake Chad, about 200 kilometres north of state capital Maiduguri, triggered the massive displacement, with most women, men and children converging on already congested camps for internally displaced people in Maiduguri or Monguno town.

“A subsequent attempted attack on Monguno on December 28, 2018, has exacerbated the situation, generating further displacement.”

“30,000 internally displaced people have arrived in Maiduguri, mainly from Baga, in recent weeks. The majority of these people have arrived since December 20, 2018, often after arduous journeys with young children. These people include an estimated 20,000 internally displaced people who have arrived in Teachers Village camp in Maiduguri, stretching the camp’s capacity beyond the limit.

“Some 260 aid workers have been withdrawn from three local government areas (Monguno, Kala/Balge and Kukawa) affected by the conflict since November, affecting the delivery of humanitarian assistance to hundreds of thousands of people.”

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