Internally Displaced People Population Rises To 2.2m – UNHCR

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The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has said on Thursday that the population of Boko Haram victims, the Internally Displaced People (IDP) in the North Eastern part of Nigeria has risen to 2.2 million.

The UNHCR country Representative, Ms Angele Dikongue- Atangana made the statistics known to the newsmen in Abuja during the commission’s stakeholders’ briefing in Nigeria.

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Dikongue-Atangana, however, said that the increase was not as a result of new displacement.

She also said that the agency would not relent in its humanitarian support to Nigeria, urging partners and donor agencies to assist refugees and displaced persons.

“The number of IDPs is not really increasing as a result of new displacement.

“There could be some relatively small new displacement in the course of combating insurgency and knowing that the insurgents themselves still remain active, especially in this hit and run tactic.

“ The number is increasing specifically because regaining control of the territory by the military opened further access for the humanitarian officials so they can count many more IDPs, be they old IDPs or very recent ones’’, she concluded.

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