More than 80% of all IDPs in Northeast Nigeria refuse to return to their homes despite the government saying they have beaten Boko Haram. This number is equal to roughly 1.2 million people in Borno State alone. The number one reason most of these people stated was that they still felt that the state was unsecure and unsafe. Many have not heard any news from their homes since they left them and don’t even know if they have anything to return to. This has led to the extended number of IDPs and increased the risk of Famine in Northern Nigeria.
2017-10-13 Nigeria (Newsweek) Boko Haram has wrought havoc across northern Nigeria since it launched an armed insurgency to oust the Nigerian government and establish a radical Islamist caliphate in 2009.
The militant group has killed more than 20,000 people and displaced more than 2 million across Nigeria, while also launching attacks in neighboring countries. The vast majority of those displaced have been in Borno State, the area of northeast Nigeria where the group was founded.
But eight years after the conflict broke out, a report has found that 86 percent of the 1.4 million people displaced in Borno State—equivalent to over 1.2 million people—are still not ready to return home.
The report —published on Wednesday by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)—found that more than 4 in 5 displaced persons in Borno State had no concrete plans or timeframe for leaving their current settlements. Just 14 percent of people have put in place plans to return to their homes.