More than 10,000 flee jihadist attacks in Niger

Published by Agence France-Presse on 19th March 2021

Soldiers patrol in the streets of Niamey on March 19, 2016. PHOTO | AFP

The United Nations reported that over 10,000 people fled their homes in the Anzourou, Niger. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) stated that between 14th and 15th May 2021, 11,000 residents have taken refuge in Tillaberi, a town in north-west Niger. The OCHA reported that an undetermined number of residents are fleeing to Niamey. Aid organisations have been providing aid and supplies to the displaced population in Tillaberi.

 There have been reports of subsequent attacks on villages by armed men. The displaced group come from four villages in the Anzourou area, a target of Jihadist attacks, where 20 people have been murdered in the past month and 13 people were killed in March 2021. A local official described an attack on a village on Friday 14th May 2021 and stated that “Armed men entered some of the villages. After taking all of the livestock they gave the residents an ultimatum of three days to get out”.

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