Nigeria Violence Displaces More Than 360,000 People, Agency Says

More than 360,000 Nigerians have fled their homes in the first seven months of the year in northeastern states where Islamist militants are fighting the military, the National Emergency Management Agency said.

NEMA is training volunteers to set up camps and register internally displaced persons, Abdulkadir Ibrahim, the agency’s spokesman for the region, said in Borno state capital Maiduguri today. Boko Haram, has killed more than 2,000 people in the states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe in the first six months of the year, according to New York-based Human Rights Watch.

Nigeria has the world’s third-highest number of people displaced by conflict after Syria and Colombia, according to the Geneva-based Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre.

At least 200 people were killed in a six-day assault on the town of Gwoza in Borno by Boko Haram, Peter Biye Gumtha, a member of the House of Representatives for the region, said on Aug. 11.

Boko Haram, a term in the local Hausa language which broadly translates as “western education is a sin,” drew global outrage when it abducted more than 200 schoolgirls from their dormitories in April and threatened to sell them into slavery. Most of the girls are still missing.

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