Niger’s government and the United Nations (UN) have moved 99 schools, relocating them to “safer zones,” to protect them from the Takfiri Boko Haram terrorist group, PressTv reports.
The relocation program reportedly started in November last year and has since seen 6,000 pupils, being moved to “new classrooms built in camps for displaced people due to the threat from the Takfiri terrorist group”.
While the relocation is welcome, reports from aid agencies suggest that the human security situation is dire in Niger, with acute shortages of shelter and basic aid items for the displaced.
Boko Haram has been wreaking untold suffering in various West African countries, including Nigeria, Niger and Cameroon, threatening the safety and security of citizens.The Boko Haram insurgents continue to attack villages in Niger and north-eastern Nigeria, and thousands of children have been displaced and continue to flee to safety.
According to the UN, its Refugee Agency and partners have been “struggling to help an estimated 100,000 people driven from their homes in recent weeks in south-east Niger’s Diffa region in attacks launched by Nigeria’s Boko Haram insurgency group”.
Niger’s Diffa region, which is close to the border with Nigeria has seen 166 schools being closed due to the incessant terror attacks.
The security situation has remained precarious in parts of West Africa where the Boko Haram operates, with various cases reported of suicide attacks and kidnappings.