Jan. 29 (UPI) — Some 30,000 Nigerian fled the city of Rann over the weekend into Cameroon after militant group Boko Haram ramped up violence, according to a United Nations agency Tuesday.
UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency, said that it launched a regional refugee response plan after Boko Haram’s insurgency forced people to flee the Lake Chad Basin region. The displacement has flooded already crowded refugee camps around towns in the Borno State of northeastern Nigeria.
The agency said that Boko Haram has been targeting young girls, older women and workers in surging militant attacks against civilians that have already uprooted more than 250,000 from their homes. UNHCR has asked for $135 million to help people displaced by the insurgency.
UNHCR spokesman Babar Baloch said at a news briefing in Geneva that the violence has clogged humanitarian operations and forced aid workers to pull out from some locations.
He added that the damage to infrastructure alonhttps://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2019/01/29/30000-flee-Boko-Haram-violence-in-Nigeria/1421548774011/g with livelihoods has been widespread, CNN reported.