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Boko Haram's Violence Affects Millions in Nigeria

Abuja, May 24 (Prensa Latina) More than 14.8 million Nigerians have suffered the effects of the conflict that has been bleeding the northern region of the country for almost one decade, derived from the violence by the terror group Boko Haram, the government states today.
According to Nigeria's UN ambassador, Tijjani Bande, the crisis in that region has caused more than 1.7 million internally displaced persons, mostly women and children.

'We are collaborating with our neighbors Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Benin, in the context of the Multinational Joint Task Force, to defeat Boko Haram,' Bande said during a debate on the protection of civilians in armed conflicts carried out by the UN Security Council, the national press reports.

The diplomat estimated the number of members of that radical group at 700. They are willing to surrender to the Abuja authorities.

He stressed in this regard that the government is developing a campaign to rehabilitate and reintegrate into society the militias of that terrorist group that put down their weapons.

Northern Nigeria, inhabited mainly by Muslims, is suffering from violence since 2009 provoked by Boko Haram, an extremist group that promotes the establishment of an Islamic State.

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