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800 000 hostages freed from Boko Haram clutches

800 000 hostages freed from Boko Haram

from AHMED OBAFEMI in Maiduguri, Nigeria
MAIDUGURI, (CAJ News) – THE Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) has freed 800 000 civilians following the liberation of areas previously held
by the Boko Haram in the past year.

A United Nations agency disclosed the figures late Wednesday.

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) disclosed the figures late Wednesday in a publication, “Nigeria Regional Refugee Response Plan: January- December 2016: End of Year Report.”

To a limited extent, the joint military task force, was also able to neutralize Boko Haram cells in Chad, Cameroon and Niger, UNHCR stated.

“However, these gains were overshadowed by increased hit and run attacks from the insurgents, including suicide bombings, kidnappings, abductions, forced recruitment, looting and livestock theft.”

UNHCR Boko Haram abused populations on a wide scale and committed grave human rights violations including systematic acts of sexual and gender based violence (SGBV).

Due to the volatile security situation, thousands of host community members in the three countries of asylum ended up in situations of displacement themselves.

In the greatest setback, Niger’s Diffa region experienced a severe setback in May and June 2016, after the terrorist group had attacked military
personnel, killing 32 and causing the displacement of 70 000 people over the course of one week.

The MNJTF is a combined multinational formation, comprising units, mostly military, from Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Nigeria.

– CAJ News