Niger's Diffa suffers under Boko Haram violence

A boy looks on in a camp in the village of Kidjendi near Niger's Diffa after displaced families fled from Boko Haram attacksThis is one of the ways that Boko Haram insurgents have changed life in Diffa, the regional capital of a territory of 600,000 people situated uncomfortably close to the border with Nigeria. The attacks by the Nigeria-based Islamists, the swarms of refugees from the violence, and government security measures to combat Boko Haram have combined also to strangle the local economy. “There are no more customers,” said Mamane Noure Abdou, owner of a half-empty store selling peanuts and drinks.

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