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Violence near Lake Chad

With approximately 184 million inhabitants, Nigeria has the highest population in Africa and is the seventh most populous country in the world. Since 2002, it has faced attacks from a violent movement which continues to this day, causing many vulnerable people to flee their hometown and inhibiting the development of the region.

A brief history of Nigeria

The Nigerian land hosted numerous kingdoms and tribal states over the past millennia. Modern day Nigeria originated from British colonial rule beginning in the 19th century, until 1960 when it became an independent federation, and quickly after plunged into a civil war from 1967 to 1970. Since then, the country alternated between democratically elected civilian governments and military dictatorships, until it achieved a stable democracy in 1999, with the 2011 presidential elections considered the first to be reasonably free and fair. The massive country comprises of no less than 36 states, among the largest cities are well known metropolitan areas such as Lagos, Kano and Benin City.

The country has seen violence orchestrated by Boko Haram; a movement that seeks to establish Sharia law in the country, since 2002. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan claimed that Boko Haram attacks had left at least 12,000 people dead and 8,000 people crippled by 2014. The violence hasn't stopped since then, and now it is spreading to neighboring Cameroon, Chad and Niger. The long-running Boko Haram insurgency has already forced over 2 million people to leave the vulnerable region in search of safer locations to live. Farmers have been unable to harvest their crops, and the insurgents prevent aid groups from reaching communities in remote areas.

Toby Lanzer, the UN assistant secretary-general, said the situation facing the Lake Chad region, a large and shallow lake which straddles the borders of Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger and Chad, was the worst he had seen in 20 years. More than 10 million people are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. Compassionate organizations like The International Rescue Committee provide vital support to Nigerians struggling to overcome the terror and help them rebuild their livelihoods and their future. But the country keeps struggling to recover from relentless terror attacks, and more help is needed.

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