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ICC Note: The Nigerian government claims to be defeating Boko Haram as they continue to fight them. However, the jihadists still represent a major threat to Nigerians with their constant attacks and suicide bombings in public places. Many of the victims of these attacks are Christians and their families, who face constant persecution by the Islamic terrorist group simply because of their religion.
1/19/2016, Nigeria (The Guardian) – The homecoming of tens of thousands of Nigerians displaced by the Haram insurgency has been prevented by enduring fear of the Islamists and reluctance to return to areas of the country’s north-east devastated by the campaign against the militants, according to aid workers.
The continued threat posed by Boko Haram was underlined on Monday when twin suicide bombings killed two people at a university in Maiduguri. The city is the provincial capital of Nigeria’s north-east Borno state, the epicenter of the group’s seven-year campaign to create a regional Islamic caliphate.
Nigerian military officials have trumpeted the end of the war on the jihadists, but an advance team from one major aid group said there was little sign that displaced people in two outlying areas of Borno state intended to return home.
“We had been led to expect – from talking to government officials and even some UN people – that there were going to be imminent mass returns, that the closure of the camps in the city of Maiduguri was coming, and that areas had been secured,” said Adrian Ouvry, a regional humanitarian adviser at Mercy Corps.

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