PRAYER ALERT: Since January, about 250,000 people have fled from an escalated Boko Haram jihad campaign in northeast Nigeria. According to Amnesty International, more than 1500 have been killed so far in 2014 by Boko Haram and by government reprisals against its campaign. Many of the refugees from this conflict are living in makeshift camps. There food is scarce, disease spreads rapidly and toilet facilities are lacking. In the past week 32 have died of disease or malnutrition the North Bank area of Makurdi alone.
The government’s relief agency reported that a total of more than 3 million face a humanitarian crisis in the states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa. It said the “needs of the affected population are increasing by the day and the support of all is urgently required”. But more and more people are fleeing for their own live as the insurgency spreads.
The Boko Haram jihad has apparently enlisted Fulani herdsmen, who vie with Nigerian farmers for land, in their latest wave of attacks. On March 22-23 fighting between suspected Fulani mercenaries and youth defending the Guma area of Benue State claimed 55 lives. On March 24 Boko Haram jihad leader Abubakar Shekau announced all-out war on Maiduguri, the birthplace of his terrorist network. The next day, on March 25, suicide bombers killed 11 people, including 5 policemen, in two simultaneous attacks in Maiduguri. Another 63 were killed on the same day by suspected Fulani mercenaries in Benue state.
On March 26 Boko Haram released a video showing its March 14 assault on the army’s main barracks in Maiduguri. Hundreds of detainees had died in those barracks from shootings, beatings, starvation and overcrowded cells, according to Amnesty International. In the video Boko Haram militants invade the barracks with little resistance. They set fire to scores of vehicles. Shekau claims that they freed 2000 Boko Haram fighters imprisoned there.
Also on March 26, the same day the video was released, the Nigerian customs director announced a new plan to patrol the country’s borders. Many Boko Haram insurgents have passed back and forth through the northeast border with Cameroon. So has much illegal trade in arms, drugs, and human trafficking. Now the customs directors of Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Benin have agreed to cooperate with Nigeria’s patrol. One surprising reason why those four nations are not experiencing Nigeria’s bloodshed: France…
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