Early March, the National Emergency Management Agency attested that nearly 1.2 million people are internally displaced (IDPs) in North-East States because of Boko Haram. The insurgency has also prompted 203,000 Nigerians and stranded migrants to escape in neighbouring countries.
While the Nigerians armed forces are making progress in liberating some areas, living conditions are challenging for those where destruction of homes, social infrastructure and resources on which livelihood are based were noticed.
1.2 million Estimated internally displaced people by conflict and inter-communal violence as of 10 March 2015
203,000 People fled to neighbouring countries including refugees, returnees and stranded migrants as 25 March 2015
DISPLACEMENT PER STATE OF ORIGIN
With the claim of towns liberated and the relatively calm security after the Presidential Elections on 28 March, an increase in spontaneous return movement to several areas is expected. However, conditions in those areas of return are believed to be quite desperate as conflict and inter-communal violence have caused widespread destruction of homes, social infrastructure and resources on which livelihoods are based.
The most urgent needs of people affected by the conflict include protection, shelter, food and access to education and health services for both displaced persons, returnees and host communities.
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