UNHCR: Attacks in NW Nigeria Send Thousands Fleeing to Niger

Posted on September 27, 2019 12:14 pm

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A surge in brutal attacks by armed groups in northwest Nigeria is sending thousands of refugees fleeing to Niger, the United Nations refugee agency says.

More than 40,000 Nigerians have fled to Niger over the last 10 months, creating a new humanitarian emergency along the two countries’ border, the UNHCR reports. It added that on Sept. 11 alone, more than 2,500 civilians targeted by armed groups in Nigeria fled for their lives.

The agency says it has received frequent reports of kidnappings, torture, extortion, murder, sexual violence, and destruction of houses and property.

UNHCR spokesman Babar Baloch tells VOA the armed groups responsible