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Due to the incessant and continuous attacks of Boko Haram sect. in Borno state, not less than 260 aid workers have been withdrawn by the United Nations from three local governments in the state.

Samantha Newport, UN spokesperson in Nigeria, in a statement yesterday explained that the activities of the terrorist sect. has affected its humanitarian service in the region.

According to her, Edward Kallon, UN humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria, is expressed deep concern for the recent increase of the attacks which has led to massive displacement of civilians.

Clashes on December 26, 2018, between Nigerian government forces and non-state armed groups in Baga town, on the shores of Lake Chad, about 200 kilometres north of state capital Maiduguri, triggered the massive displacement, with most women, men and children converging on already congested camps for internally displaced people in Maiduguri or Monguno town,” the statement read.

A subsequent attempted attack on Monguno on December 28, 2018, has exacerbated the situation, generating further displacement.

“It is heart-wrenching to see so many of these people living in congested camps, or sleeping outside with no shelter. Civilians continue to bear the brunt of the conflict and the United Nations is extremely concerned about the impact that violence in north-east Nigeria, especially in Borno State, is having on civilians.

“30,000 internally displaced people have arrived in Maiduguri, mainly from Baga, in recent weeks. The majority of these people have arrived since December 20, 2018, often after arduous journeys with young children. These people include an estimated 20,000 internally displaced people who have arrived in Teachers Village camp in Maiduguri, stretching the camp’s capacity beyond the limit.

“Some 260 aid workers have been withdrawn from three local government areas (Monguno, Kala/Balge and Kukawa) affected by the conflict since November, affecting the delivery of humanitarian assistance to hundreds of thousands of people.”

Recall that in 2018, two aid workers, Hauwa Leman and Saifura Ahmed were executed by a faction of the Boko Haram sect. Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP).

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