NIAMEY, 9 January 2021 – Over 10,000 villagers have been internally displaced by the violent raids last January 2 on two villages in Niger’s Tillaberi region in which 105 people were killed.
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) puts the number of those fleeing the violence at “about 10,600 people”.
Most of those displaced have sought shelter in Mangaize village.
They include over 500 children of school-going age, who are now out of school, according to UNICEF Niger.
Nigerien authorities have confirmed that 73people were killed in Tchombangou village and 32 others were killed in Zaroumadareye village.
The victims included seven girls and ten boys aged 3 to 15 years, according to official accounts cited by UNICEF Niger.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres strongly condemned the attacks.
Last December, 28 people were killed and hundreds of others injured in an attack later claimed by a Boko Haram affiliated group based in the southeastern Nigeriien region of Diffa.