Land clashes linger in liberated Nigeria zones

Cash transfer  Borno IDPsFrom AHMED OBAFEMI in Maiduguri, Nigeria
MAIDUGURI, (CAJ News) – TENSIONS are rising in northeast Nigeria where refugees have returned to ares they had been displaced from to find their homes occupied by other families.
The refugees had been uprooted by the Boko Haram terror group, most of them in 2015, but 1 million have returned since the Nigerian military reclaimed areas the Boko Haram had taken over.
Humanitarian groups raised concern the liberated towns have no basic services, infrastructure or ability for people to rebuild their lives. Millions are struggling for food and other basics.
Concern has also been raised at the increasing tensions within communities, and tipping the food crisis closer towards famine.
“Northeast Nigeria is ill-prepared for so many people returning back,” warned Cheick Ba, Norwegian Refugee Council’s (NRC’s) director in Nigeria.
Ba said tensions rose in communities as people often returned to discover their houses occupied and no longer have the means to rebuild their lives.
“They find themselves displaced once again. They are left homeless and extremely vulnerable, on top of the tension created between them and the new occupants of their homes.”
Nigeria in 2015 launched offensives against the Boko Haram resulting in people fleeing the region, with some fleeing further to neighbouring countries.
The signing of the tripartite agreement between the governments of Cameroon and Nigeria, and the United Nations Refugee Agency, to support voluntary returns, resulted in an upsurge of people returning from Cameroon at the end of 2016.
Consequently, Nigeria is now struggling to support newly returned refugees, returnees from other areas and internally displaced people.
An estimated 8,5 million people need humanitarian assistance in Nigeria.
Some 2 million people are suffering from acute malnutrition, including 450 000 children.
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