At least 400,000 people have been internally displaced in Nigeria’s terror-plagued northeast since the beginning of this year. The massive displacements have resulted from the incessant violent activities of members of the Islamist insurgents fighting under the name of Boko Haram.
Abdulkadir Ibrahim, the information officer of the northeast zonal office of the Nigerian Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), provided the figures. He disclosed that the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) from January to the end of July 2014 stood at 360,462. Most of the displaced persons were from Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States. The figures did not include people displaced by Boko Haram’s recent attacks in Gwoza and Doron-Baga.
Mr. Ibrahim revealed that Borno State accounted for 183,031 displaced people, with Adamawa and Yobe recording 147,198 and 30,233 respectively.
He said that, “because of the magnitude of cases, the areas affected by the Boko Haram militants, and the number of IDPs,” NEMA had trained volunteers who work with the Red Cross to set up camps and to register internally displaced persons.
The NEMA official further revealed that those displaced as a result of Boko Haram’s recent capture of Gwoza were now mostly camped in Madagali in Adamawa State and Uba in Borno State, adding that some had fled to neighboring Cameroon.
Mr. Ibrahim said the refugees from last Sunday's insurgent attacks on Doron-Baga in Kukawa area of Borno State were accommodated at Central Primary School, Baga. He revealed that NEMA was burdened with the additional task of providing food and other relief materials to more than 30,000 people camped at various facilities in Madagali, Uba and Doron-Baga.