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National Activity Plan 2006: Nigeria
World Refugee Day, 20 June 2006
- A week-long cultural fair and art exhibition.
- Musical concert.
- Special prayers in Mosques and Churches.
- To raise awareness about refugees, a documentary on refugees and internally displaced persons will be shown on National TV.
- Annual report shows a record 33.3 million were internally displaced in 2013
- UNHCR condemns brutality in Nigeria, fears new displacement
- UNHCR concerned as hundreds flee attacks in Nigeria's Lake Chad region
- Niger's Diffa district provides shelter for Nigerians fleeing violence
- UNHCR urges against forced returns to Nigeria amid rising violence in the north
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Nigeria: The Casualties of Conflict
One year after the Nigerian government declared a state of emergency in the northern states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe, violence continues to displace people within Nigeria and to neighbouring Cameroon, Chad and Niger, including some 22,000 Nigerian refugees. Civilians trapped at home face recurrent attacks by insurgents, with a series of kidnappings and killings culminating in mid-April this year in the abduction of more than 200 girls from a school in Chibok, Borno.
UNHCR's Hélène Caux recently travelled to the region to meet with some of the 250,000 internally displaced, including students caught up in the violence. Those she spoke to told her about their fears, and the atrocities and suffering they had endured or witnessed. People spoke about their homes and fields being destroyed, grenade attacks on markets, the killing of friends and relatives, and arbitrary arrests. Uniting them is an overwhelming sense of terror. Caux found it a challenge to photograph people who live in constant fear of being attacked. "It was this delicate balance to try to achieve between featuring them, communicating their stories and protecting them," she said.