23,000 Nigerians fled into Niger in one month, says UNHCR

 
Thu May 14th, 2020 - Katsina
 

Following attacks by armed groups despite the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) lockdown, about 23,000 people from Sokoto, Zamfara and Katsina states fled to Maradi, Niger Republic, in April alone, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has revealed.

This catapults the number of people fleeing to Niger from that part of Nigeria to over 60,000 since April last year.

UNHCR spokesperson, Babar Baloch, who revealed this yesterday during a press briefing at the Palais des Nation in Geneva, disclosed that about 19,000 Niger nationals in the border areas had also become displaced in their own country owing to insecurity.

 
 

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source: Guardian