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Boko Haram has forced 650,000 Nigerians from homes: UN

People gather to look at a burnt vehicle following a bomb explosion that rocked the roundabout near the crowded Monday Market in Maiduguri, Borno State, on July 1, 2014Attacks by Boko Haram Islamists in Nigeria’s crisis-hit northeast have forced nearly 650,000 people from their homes, the United Nations humanitarian office (OCHA) said Tuesday, an increase of nearly 200,000 since May. The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) for its part reported that about 1,000 people trying to escape the fighting had fled to an uninhabited island on Lake Chad across Nigeria’s northeastern border. “The group, mainly women and children, is in urgent need of food, water, shelter and medical care,” the UNHCR said.

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