World Bulletin/News Desk
Many Nigerians displaced in the insurgency-wracked northeastern region have no access to food and other basic amenities, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has said.
"Not only did people have to flee their homes in Kodunga, Kaga, Gwoza and Damboa, they also lost all their belongings and their means of earning a living," Karl Mattli, head of ICRC delegation in Nigeria, said on Wednesday.
"They didn't have enough food and they lacked important basic items," he said.
"The additional strain placed on communities by hosting the displaced reached the point where it was more than they could bear," Mattli added.
The ICRC official said the organization is distributing food and other items to the IDPs, especially in Borno state, the epicenter of the insurgency.
The relief body also said that efforts are being made to provide basic amenities to IDPs in other states affected by the insurgency.
A parliamentary data recently showed that up to three million people have been displaced since the crisis took a violent turn in 2009, although other sources said the figure is lower.
Boko Haram has in recent months seized control of several towns and villages across Nigeria's Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states in the country's north.
Boko Haram first emerged in the early 2000s, preaching against government misrule and corruption.
The group later became violent, however, after the death of its leader in 2009 while in police custody.
In the five years since, the shadowy sect has been blamed for numerous attacks in Nigeria – on places of worship and on government institutions – along with thousands of deaths.
Boko Haram has been designated a terrorist organization by Nigeria, Turkey and the United States.
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