According to the United Nations, approximately 65,000 residents have fled the northeastern city of Damascus. About 20 people were killed this week.
This is an empty city. According to local sources, the United Nations (UN) announced on Friday (April 16) that approximately 65,000 people had fled Damasak in northeastern Nigeria after a series of attacks had occurred that killed more than 20 people. Baba-Sheikh Haruna, adviser to the governor of Borno State, said that the most recent one was to kill 18 people on Wednesday, in addition to killing 4 people on Tuesday.
Jihadists from the Islamic State of West Africa (EIAO) attacked the strategic city of Damasak on the border of Lake Chad and the border between Nigeria and Niger on Saturday and Wednesday. They burned down many buildings, including police stations, clinics and offices of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
“Following the last attack on Wednesday, April 14, (…) Nearly 80% of the city’s population (including residents and displaced persons) have been forced to leave”, Said UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch (Babar Baloch).
Some people fled to Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, where more than one million people have taken refuge in the conflict between the army and the jihadist group for many years. More people have crossed the border to reach Diffa in neighboring Niger. Niger is one of the poorest countries in the world.
The 85,000 people living in Damasak rely mainly on humanitarian assistance, but all non-governmental organizations (NGOs) also have to leave the city to avoid violence.