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ICC Note: The World Bank reports the Boko Haram insurgency is responsible for about 20,000 deaths and has cost nearly six billion dollars in destruction since 2009. The estimates are higher than others previously reported. Nigeria remains rife with sources of persecution. Between the horrific devastation that Boko Haram has levied against the northeast and the ongoing Fulani herder crisis depopulating Christians from the central “Middle-Belt” region, Nigeria represents one of the toughest places on earth to be a Christian.

By Zacheaus Somorin with Agency Report

3/22/16 Nigeria (AllAfrica) – About 20,000 people have been killed since the start of the Boko Haram insurgency in Borno State, according to a report from the World Bank that also put the cost of destruction at $5.9 billion.

The report laid bare the extent of the damage since the insurgency began in 2009 and which at one point saw the Islamists control swathes of territory across the northeast.

The report is part of a Post-Insurgency Recovery and Peace-building Assessment, an intervention programme involving the World Bank, European Union and the UN with the six northeastern states.

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