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Nigeria Has World's Highest Number of Missing Persons, ICRC Says

  • ICRC says Nigeria has almost 22,000 people recorded as missing
  • Northeastern Nigeria ravaged by Islamist militants since 2009
The Dolori camp for displaced people in northeastern state of of Borno.
The Dolori camp for displaced people in northeastern state of of Borno.Photographer: Paul Wallace/Bloomberg

A decade of conflict in northeastern Nigeria has left almost 22,000 people missing, the most in any country worldwide where the International Committee of the Red Cross registers missing persons.

Nigeria’s northeast has been ravaged by Islamist militants since 2009. While the army recently said it’s gotten the situation largely under control, attacks still occur weekly and large swathes of the area remain inaccessible to humanitarian organizations. The conflict has forced an estimated two million people to flee their homes.