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Published On: Tue, Oct 7th, 2014

We eat ordinary leaves to survive, say Nigerian refugees in Cameroon

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We eat ordinary leaves to survive, say Nigerian refugees in Cameroon

We eat ordinary leaves to survive, say Nigerian refugees in Cameroon

From Ado Abubakar Musa, Jos

Following the dreaded Boko Haram attacks launched on communities of Borno and Adamawa states which had forced many residents to become refugees in Cameroon, the refugees in various towns have cried out  that they had started eating ordinary leaves from trees in the bush for survival.

James David, who spoke on behalf of the refugees in Cameroon yesterday on the Hausa Service of the BBC, monitored in Jos, said that they had begun to search for leaves in the bush from trees to eat, and lamented over the lack of food in the various refugee camps in Cameroon.

David said, “We have started going to people’s farms to search for leaves from trees in the bush because we are lacking food in our various camps. Beyond that, the owners of the farms have started threatening us to stop coming to their farms and we don’t know what to do. “

David however appealed to the Nigerian government to do everything possible within its capacity to return them to Nigeria, as according to them Cameroon was not their country, adding that they could be kept anywhere in Nigeria.

He said, “We are appealing to the government of Nigeria to return us home. We can be kept anywhere so long as it is Nigeria.”

11,000 dead in Boko Haram insurgency – New Report A new report says at least 11,000 people have been killed as a result of the Boko Haram insurgency in northeastern Nigeria.

The estimate comes from researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, who used media reports to compile a database on deadly violence in Nigeria going back to 1998.

In an article published in The Washington Post, the researchers say the Boko Haram conflict has become one of the deadliest in the world.

They estimate more than 7,000 people were killed in the 12 months between July 2013 and June of this year, and say casualties from the conflict are piling up at higher rate than those from the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The estimate includes casualties caused by Boko Haram attacks and operations by the military, which rights groups accuse of using indiscriminate and heavy-handed violence in an effort to stop the insurgents.

The researchers say that overall, nearly 30,000 Nigerians have been killed since 1998 in various acts of ethnic, religious, political and economic violence.

The country has seen militant groups in the oil-rich south, clashes between Muslims and Christians in the city of Jos, and frequent acts of violence around elections, in addition to the five year-old Boko Haram insurgency. (VOA)

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