NORTH-EAST NOT CONDUCIVE FOR RETURN OF IDPS – UN AGENCY

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The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) on Monday said the North-East t is not yet conducive for the return of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). The UNHCR Regional Representative for West Africa, Ms Liz Ahua, said this at the opening ceremony of the Lake Chad Regional Protection Dialogue in Abuja.

Ahua said the persistent threat from Boko Haram, presence of mines and absence of basic services constitute acute humanitarian and protection risks for the affected population. She said the situation was not only peculiar to Nigerians but all countries bordering the Lake Chad Basin.

She explained that the regional meeting was meant to adopt a workable blueprint on regional protection of the Lake Chad basin and safe return of refugees and IDPs.

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