Displaced Nigerians face jihadist attacks after returning home

A general view of the Bakassi Internally Displace People's (IDP) camp in Maiduguri on March 26, 2020.

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What you need to know:

  • Jihadists have seized swathes of territory in Borno, Boko Haram's birthplace, forcing some two million to flee their homes.
  • Most of the displaced have moved into squalid camps in the regional capital, Maiduguri, relying on food handouts from international charities.
  • Since 2018, people have returned to five major towns where they typically live behind a defensive line of trenches to fend off jihadists.

Authorities in volatile northeastern Nigeria have been encouraging thousands of people displaced by jihadist violence to return home, even as bloody attacks persist.

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