United Nations refugee agency said that Islamist terror group, Boko Haram, has made the swamplands of Lake Chad, where the borders of Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Nigeria meet, into a “war zone.”
The office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR, yesterday said that about 60,000 people in the area have had to leave their homes, many of them evacuated from Lake Chad’s islands because of the possibility of attacks.
According to UNHCR spokesman, Leo Dobbs, “These people are living in desperate conditions; they lack livelihoods; they lack shelter; they lack food; they lack health care. So the kind of work that UNHCR and its partners have been doing in what has effectively become a war zone is very important.”
Five suicide bombers believed to belong to Boko Haram killed 33 people on Saturday in Baga Sola, directly across Lake Chad from Nigeria, a local government official said.
UNHCR’s Dobbs said the overall toll in the attacks on the market and the Kousseri refugee camp now stood at 47 dead, with dozens injured. At least 22 of the dead were at Kousseri, which houses displaced Chadians who have fled from Boko Haram.


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