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Broken Homes Await Nigerians Who Fled Boko Haram Onslaught

  • President wants all displaced people to return home next year
  • More than two million people have fled attacks in northeast
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When Bukar Kojo fled a Boko Haram raid on his home last month, he made his way to the relative haven of camps in northeastern Nigeria’s Adamawa state that house thousands of others displaced by the six-year-old Islamist militant insurgency.

Kojo, a 49-year-old corn farmer, like many others is too scared to return home and believes there is little to go back to. Yet, despite unrelenting attacks and bombings in the northeast, President Muhammadu Buhari has said authorities will begin moving back all displaced people to their areas of origin. The region needs billions of dollars to rebuild at a time when the finances of Africa’s biggest oil producer have been hit by a plunge in crude prices.