United Nations raises alarm over plight of Nigerian refugees in Niger
Written by Taiwo Adediran on January 21, 2016
The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has raised an alarm over the plight of the Nigerians refugees in south-east Niger, where some one hundred thousand people who fled the Boko Haram violence are taking refuge.
The Nigerian refugees, according to UNHCR, are among the newly displaced local villagers in south-east Niger’s Diffa region.
UNHCR, in a statement issued to newsmen, described the plight of the displaced as very serious with acute shortages of shelter and non-food items, adding that they are without protection by the Niger army.
The spokesperson for the Office of the UNHCR, Adrian Edwards therefore appealed for urgent humanitarian assistance and funding to provide assistance for the displaced.
The conflict in north-east Nigeria has forced more than two hundred and twenty thousand, three hundred people to find refuge in neighboring countries such as Niger, Cameroon, and Chad since 2013.