- Following continuous herdsmen and Boko Haram attacks, 17,000 Nigerians are said to be missing
- There are over 7,100 children among the missing people
- Hundreds of thousands of the displaced persons still live in overcrowded camps
No fewer than 17,000 Nigerians are missing and their whereabouts unknown as a result of the Boko Haram insurgency and herdsmen-farmers’ clashes in the country, according to a recent report by the The International Committee of the Red Cross.
The Punch reports that the ICRC stated this in its “Facts and Figures Report: January to June 2018”.
The report read: “In the northeast, where the armed conflict is now in its ninth year, violence continues to claim civilian lives and destroy property. Hundreds of thousands of the displaced persons still live in overcrowded camps in the regional centres and depend almost entirely on humanitarian assistance.
“The ICRC and NRCS are currently seeking to clarify the fate and whereabouts of about 17,000 missing persons in Nigeria, including over 7,100 missing children. In numbers; over 1,960 fresh tracing requests were opened by persons looking for relatives with the Red Cross. Also, almost 300 Red Cross messages containing family news were exchanged between separated family members.
“Over 770 free phone calls were made available by the Red Cross to persons searching for missing family members. Since the beginning of the year, the states of Benue, Kaduna, Nasarawa, Plateau and Taraba have witnessed an increase in communal violence.
"Civilians have been injured and killed and thousands of families have been forced to flee their homes. In predominantly agrarian communities, the violence has also disrupted their ability to farm and earn a living.
“The herders have lost many of their livestock to violence or lack of animal health care, leaving many to depend on humanitarian assistance to meet their basic needs from food and water to shelter and medical care.”
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NAIJ.com earlier reported that following the mindless killing of not less than 200 residents in Jos, Plateau state capital, an advocacy group known as Stefanos Foundation, revealed that the number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) had risen.
The number of IDPs after the June 23 and June 24, attacks on about 15 communities in Plateau state was said to have risen to 11,515, while the IDPs were said to be taking refuge in 13 locations in the state.
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