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Terror victims pushed from one hell to another

From AHMED OBAFEMI in Maiduguri, Nigeria
MAIDUGURI, (CAJ News) – SUICIDE bomb attacks on civilians sheltering in refugee camps are on the rise in northeast Nigeria, worsening an already dire situation for people on the brink of famine.
On Tuesday, dozens of people were killed when multiple suicide bombers detonated devises outside a camp sheltering displaced people in Borno State.
Humanitarian groups said as the government’s military offensive against the Boko Haram intensified, the terror group seemed to be looking for softer targets like places where civilians are sheltering.
Displaced women and children are being indiscriminately targeted.
The latest waves of attacks come in the wake of 200 security incidents involving civilians, which were reported in July. This was substantially more than the total combined for May and June.
Among the most tragic attacks recently, a suicide bomber killed three people and injured 17 others in a refugee camp also in Borno.
Another suspected female suicide bomber was shot dead by the military as she tried to climb a perimeter wall surrounding another camp.
In Dikwa, five people were killed and six wounded when two suicide bombers detonated explosives in an area sheltering displaced families.
Ernest Mutanga, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)’s head of programmes, lamented refugee camps were no longer safe for people who had fled their homes in fear of the Boko Haram.
“Camps sheltering innocent families fleeing war should be places of refuge but are turning into death traps. Armed groups are pushing people from one hell into another.”
Boko Haram has uprooted 2 million people from their homes. Over 200 000 Nigerians have fled to Cameroon, Chad and Niger.
The terrorists seek to establish an Islamic state in Nigeria.
Humanitarian agencies need US$574 million (R7,5 billion) but less than half has been secured.
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