Nigeria: Rising Tension In The North-west

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Already taking action in north-east Nigeria since 2009, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL now intervenes in the north-west which is affected by growing insecurity and massive displacements of population. NEW AREA OF INTERVENTION North-west Nigeria has sadly been making the headlines at the beginning of the year, after a series of mass kidnappings. Including the one from the Jangebe boarding school, in Zamfara state, during which 317 girls were abducted. These abductions for ransom add up with village attacks, murders and pillaging that the local population already has to face. These acts of violence are led by criminal groups, mainly consisting of breeders and farmers condemning the increasing scarcity of arable land due to global warming. These groups of « bandits » (name given to these groups in the area) now also include idle youngsters who joined because of the lack of livelihood, leading to great poverty. Community tensions have quickly resulted in criminal actions. In addition, these bandits operate next to big corridors of various kinds of trafficking, that are used by many radical armed groups active in the area. The resulting extreme violence has forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee their villages and seek refuge in host communities, obligated then to share already scarce resources.

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