We are faced with a huge humanitarian crisis,” says Archbishop Doeme of Maiduguri, the capital city of Nigeria’s Borno State, home to the Boko Haram Insurgency. After declaring towns under its control for the Islamic caliphate late last month, Boko Haram has perpetrated a mass land-grab for Allah, imposing Sharia law on the vast swathes of land now under its control, approximately equal in size to the state of Delaware. Christians have been beheaded, enslaved and forcefully converted to Islam as result of Boko Haram’s territorial gains. Immense needs continue to overwhelm cities, like Maiduguri, try to shelter, feed and medicate the more than 650,000 displaced Nigerians trying to flee Boko Haram’s wrath.
09/19/2014 Nigeria (allAfrica) – The Catholic church yesterday gave a list of 25 towns in three North-eastern states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, presently under the control of the outlawed terrorist group, Boko Haram.
The towns include: Damboa, Buni Yadi, Madagali, Gwoza, Gujba, Gulak, Bama, Gulani, Shuwa, Marte, Kukawa, Michika, Dikwa, Bularafa, Bazza, Gamboru Ngalla and Buni Gari.
Others are Banki, Bara, Pulka, Bumsa, Ashgashiya, Taltaba, Limankara and Njibulwa.
“It may interest you to know the towns that are being controlled conveniently by the Boko Haram. Where their flags are flying in Borno, Yobe States and parts of Adamawa State that make up the Catholic Diocese of Maiduguri. Apart from Sambisa which is their main Camp and many more camps which are yet to be touched by the Nigerian troops.
He added that: “Right now we have close to 20 priests taking refuge in Yola. The church cried out saying that Maiduguri, the Borno State capital “is sitting on a keg of gun powder, with the fall of Bama which is about 71 kilometres away and Konduga, the next major town is Maiduguri.
“There are conflicting reports about Bama as to whether it is in the hands of the terrorists. But the number of civilians that have migrated into Maiduguri on foot from Bama, Kawuri and Konduga is suggestive that the terrorists have an upper hand in the fight.
“We are faced with a huge humanitarian crisis; people are sleeping on the streets in Maiduguri, despite the seven or more camps within the city for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). The state government is doing its bit to provide for them but the number is overwhelming and the resources are limited