Thousands flee Nigeria after Boko Haram attack, Niger, Chad struggle

January 13, 2015 2:01 PM

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DAKAR/NIAMEY (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Some 20,000 Nigerians have fled to Chad, Niger and Cameroon in the past two weeks after their towns and villages were attacked by Islamist sect Boko Haram, according to the United Nations and government figures.

The influx of refugees has put further strain on some of the poorest nations in Africa, which are already struggling to feed and protect their own people in a region that is recovering from drought.

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