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Persistent Terror Attacks In Dikwa Displacing Thousands Of Civilians

An IOM report reveals that security threats and conditions in the Dikwa area, Borno state, Northeast Nigeria, have led to displacement of people.

Persistent terror raids targeting Dikwa have caused new displacement, with over a thousand people fleeing the garrison town in Central Borno, Northeast Nigeria.

A recent International Organisation for Migration (IOM) report revealed that attacks between July 17 and 23, displaced a total of 1,097 individuals from Dikwa Local Government Area towards Jere, Konduga, and Maiduguri Metropolitan Council.

“Since the beginning of March, repeated attacks by Non-State Armed Groups  have been reported in Dikwa Local Government Area. Following these attacks, numerous displacements have occurred and continue to occur until today,” the IOM report said.

The report further revealed that, since the first attack in Dikwa on 1 March, 2021, a total of 27,884 internally displaced persons have been recorded by the Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM), a system to capture and monitor displacement and population movements.

“Additionally, since 1 May, 2021, a total of 14,440 returnees have been recorded by DTM in the same transit point. They are returning from locations in the LGA Maiduguri Metropolitan Council towards Dikwa LGA.”

During the attack in March, insurgents overran the town, and also laid a siege at the United Nations humanitarian hub which forced aid workers to seek shelter in a bunker.

In April, the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator announced the suspension of humanitarian operations in Dikwa and Damasak

The violent conflict ravaging the region has led to the death of thousands of people and displaced millions.

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Abdullahi Murtala is a researcher and reporter. His expertise is in conflict reporting, climate and environmental justice, and charting the security trends in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region. He founded the Goro Initiative and contributes to dialogues, publications and think-tanks that report on climate change and human security. He tweets via @murtalaibin

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