Islamists force 650 000 Nigerians from homes

2014-08-05 21:00

Lagos - Attacks by Boko Haram Islamists in Nigeria's crisis-hit northeast have forced nearly 650 000 people from their homes, the United Nations humanitarian office (OCHA) said on Tuesday, an increase of nearly 200 000 since May.

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) for its part reported that about 1 000 people trying to escape the fighting had fled to an uninhabited island on Lake Chad across Nigeria's northeastern border.

"The group, mainly women and children, is in urgent need of food, water, shelter and medical care," the UNHCR said.

They reached the remote island of Choua on Thursday after fleeing a Boko Haram attack in their home town of Kolikolia, according to the refugee agency.

Chad has pledged to send two helicopters to the island to help evacuate the Nigerian refugees to a nearby area where they can be temporarily settled with host communities, the UNHCR added.

The refugee agency said it was sending staff to the area to coordinate the relief effort.

Thousands have fled over Nigeria's borders into Cameroon, Chad and Niger seeking refuge from Boko Haram's relentless violence, which has killed more than 2 000 civilians this year and left scores of villages destroyed.

Relief workers have avoided setting up refugee or internally displaced persons (IDP) camps, but some fear camps may soon become necessary, especially in Nigeria, as the security forces struggle to contain the escalating Islamist violence.

OCHA said 436 608 people have been displaced in the three states - Adamawa, Borno and Yobe - that were placed under emergency rule in May 2013.

The agency put the IDP figure at 250 000 in May this year.

10 000 dead

Another 210 085 have fled their homes in areas neighbouring the state of emergency zone, bringing the total number of people displaced by Boko Haram unrest to nearly 650 000, OCHA reported.

The Islamist insurgents, who are seeking to create an Islamic state in the country's predominantly Muslim north, have killed more than 10 000 people since 2009.

The military has for more than a year been waging an offensive in the northeast aimed at crushing the uprising, but the campaign appears to have yielded few gains and the military's tactics have been harshly criticised.

The latest report of massive abuses by Nigeria's military came Monday from Amnesty International, which released videos that appeared to show the security forces and allied vigilantes carrying out extra-judicial executions, including by slitting people's throats.

Nigeria's defence ministry said it was taking Amnesty's allegations "very seriously" and would launch an investigation.

  • Andrew MacDonald - 2014-08-05 21:12

    10 000 dead and 650 000 displaced. 200 girls kidnapped. Bombings in public areas and attacks on churches. Where are the marchers now?

      Web Perfect - 2014-08-05 21:30

      They are not going tp march because they can kill who-ever they want to - It's done in the name of Allah!!!!!!

  • Web Perfect - 2014-08-05 21:13

    Now this is going to be interesting - Lets see how many of those 10 000 people who protested against Israel in Cape Town are going to protest about this - my guess it will be fairly close to zero. Any bets on this one!!!!!

      David Hunt - 2014-08-06 09:31

      They wont, they muslim

  • Justin JAcks - 2014-08-05 21:13

    Surprise surprise, the same people causing problems in israel are causing them in Africa. Extreme terrorists are all the same whether they called Hamas, boko haram, Isis, al Qaida etc Funny there no calls to boycott them

      Web Perfect - 2014-08-05 21:29

      And all over the entire planet. It's like a disease.

  • Robert Miller - 2014-08-05 21:26

    Funny how we don't see Christians doing this. Makes you wonder who their god is. Sure as hell ain't mine. God of peace. What a joke.can't pull wool over our eyes.

  • Ben S - 2014-08-05 21:36

    Where is the Nigerian army? Where is the assistance from the AU or are they like a bull-dog without teeth.

  • Noel Hagen - 2014-08-05 21:43

    So about 2000 Nigerians have been murdered every year since 2009 and hardly comment from ANYONE!!! Then compared to Palestinians the life of a Nigerian must be worth very little.

  • Samuel Hendrik Thomas - 2014-08-05 21:45

    Must be real tragic to live a life full of hatred and blame it on Allah. Wonder how God feels about this allah that causes all murders by his followers.

  • sthembize.zulu - 2014-08-05 21:49

    And it seems the world has forgotten about the 200 kidnapped girls; we have moved on to other things like World Cup, test cricket, etc

  • Faldila Gassiep - 2014-08-05 21:56

    Mr Web perfect...I have marched and prayed for injusticese in my country and around the world on many occasions. ..Please dont make this a religious fight....its purely on humanitarian grounds that we march. Islam does not preach what these people are NO!!!! We are not condoning what they are doing and they are using Islam and tainting our beautiful religion. These are sick psychopaths that you find in every religion! We as Muslims hate them for what they are doing and we pray that the Nigerians be set free. So please dont let your hatred for Islam make you pass nasty remarks...

      Enig Ma - 2014-08-05 22:09

      Faldila, I love to be the one breaking it to you, but Islam does promote violence. Your good book is so full of hate speech it should be banned across the globe. If the homicidal maniacs commit these acts in the name of Islam, then your request to not make this a " religious fight" is plain ignorant.

      Johan White - 2014-08-05 22:45

      This people are trained in mosks. Tell us they not Muslims. Where they are there is hatred war poverty and that in the name of a person. No thanks I know the Master of the wind

      Robertdavid - 2014-08-06 00:26

      More claptrap.

  • Billal Saloogee - 2014-08-05 22:10

    Why is Boko Haram referred to as Islamists. They have been condemned in the strongest terms by Islamic clerics from around the globe, and have mass murdered mostly Muslims in their attacks. Their actions are horrific and are anti Islamic.

      Enig Ma - 2014-08-05 22:17

      I think that is because they refer to themselves as Islamists. Ever noticed? While many Muslim clerics condemn their actions, most are silent. Sorry. Would you like to see some statistics from very reputable institution regarding Muslim opinion?

  • Grant Wykerd - 2014-08-05 22:13

    Let me help you to better understand what's going on with these so called Islamic extremist; sorry to say this however, like the ANC and EFF extremists (so called revolutionaries), what true skill comes from carrying a rifle? What better job is there when you have no skill sets to talk of? Your experience simply depends on your survival skills accumulated over time and crimes committed against humanity, with impunity! No one to answer to but to your dictator who rewards you with hopefully food and a pat on the back that inevitably results in an imbalance once the revolt/war is over? Why you ask? Cause now all you know is how to rape, kill/murder, pillage, destroy and plunder... Take ex Zimbabwean militia who till today are involved in crime, just like SA special ops who feel unappreciated and out of place in a world that is not at war... As you can see, I can go on and on but sincerely hope I made my point clear enough for even the most incompetent illiterate to grasp!? Boko Haram are nothing more than unemployable thugs with no future now or most probably ever and to them, the longer they can keep their so called struggle alive, the better for them! Same applies to our local wannabe warriors and champions of the so called economic freedom in our lifetime cause that will result in absolute poverty and destitution, not freedom or wealth! Get it, got it, good.............

      Lanfear Mierin - 2014-08-06 10:04

      Very good comment Grant! So very true.

  • Binte Maya - 2014-08-05 22:18

    I couldn't agree more Billal

      Enig Ma - 2014-08-05 22:21

      Hi Binte.

  • Brooklax Mpundus - 2014-08-05 22:21

    Why refer to boko haram as islamist ? They are muslim , spreading their religion , like the koran tells them to. Become muslim or die. This is what islam teaches . If you muslims on these forums had the chance to do this here in S A , you would do it . You are hypocrites . Everything non-islam is haraam to you . Deny all you want , you know the truth .

      Raeesa Sayed - 2014-08-05 23:04

      Brooklax,there is no compulsion in religion that is what we have been taught..I am truly sorry that the actions of others have made you feel this way..

      Lanfear Mierin - 2014-08-06 10:05

      Oh FFS Raeesa! WHY won't a single muslim answer this: if there is no compulsion in islam, why do an apostate get the death sentence?!

  • Grace Chuma - 2014-08-05 22:25

    no different from hamas!death is part of any where where d people of peace are jihadists

      Ennio Morricone - 2014-08-06 01:32

      Voestek, go to school first

  • Enig Ma - 2014-08-05 22:40

    Research the fate of the Ahmadis in Pakistan, one of the more "liberal" Muslim states. A member of the Ahmadis posted statements on Facebook, seen by Pakistani's as blasphemy, and the punishment for blasphemy in Pakistan, according to them in terms of their religion, is death : GUJRANWALA: Three female members of the Ahmadi community, including two minors, were killed late Sunday and eight others were severely injured when an angry mob attacked and burnt five houses, a storage building and several vehicles over alleged blasphemy. Those killed in the attack include a 55-year-old woman Bashiran, a minor girl Kainat and 7-year-old girl Hira. If you do not believe me, visit tne Al Jazeera website and type "Pakistan's blasphemy laws" into the search area. Four years ago more than 80 of the Ahmadis were murdered in a single attack by muslims as punishment for "blasphemy" on facebook.

  • Raeesa Sayed - 2014-08-05 22:43

    If it is true that so called muslims perpetrated this then muslims cannot condemn them in strong enough words (which many organisations have attempted to do)..the reason for saying 'if' is because there is a lot of material claiming that Boko's operations are false flag operations. Of particular interest are WikiLeaks reports that Boko Haram is a CIA creation, funded by the CIA and their members and trained by the CIA - with their weapons coming from Libya..the reasons given by those claiming Boko's actions are false flags include the fight for control of Africa's mineral riches between the Chinese who are investing and the US with dirty tactics.. the ultimate goal it is claimed is to eliminate Nigeria as a potential strategic rival to the US in the African continent.

      Robertdavid - 2014-08-06 00:22

      Same old claptrap.

      Sugan Moodley - 2014-08-06 00:42

      "If it is true that so called muslims perpetrated this" .... Oh Please. Who else did it? Must have been the fairy God Mother!!!

  • Binte Maya - 2014-08-05 22:44

    Hi enig Ma.. excuse me for my delayed response..

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  • Ebeneezaar Beggs - 2014-08-05 23:08

    So civilised!

  • Sugan Moodley - 2014-08-06 00:52

    What's most annoying about this is that Muslims try and sugar coat this by saying that these "Islamists" are not muslims. These Islamists believe that they're killing in the name of Allah. They scream it out loud before blowing themselves up. They are terrorist but "Islam" being the operative word makes them muslim.

  • Viman Singh - 2014-08-06 00:55

    Why do people like Raeesa talk so much crap on News24?

  • Peppy Maharaj308 - 2014-08-06 03:41

    Agree. No matter how erudite and learned, they are blinded by their religion and are taught that all Mon muslims including Americans are infidels!!! Their suicide bombers are promised virgins as of there are no Muslim Virgins on earth. Hopefully , no halaal food on Mars bro !!!!!

  • Thomani Nkawane - 2014-08-06 04:38

    Most of the muslims are criminals

  • Teko Mohaeka - 2014-08-06 04:53

    Islam is simply Satanism

  • Uzair Angamia - 2014-08-06 06:11

    She talks the truth Singh!! Get used to it

  • aparker.dla - 2014-08-06 07:44

    No human being can justify the senseless violence by Boko Haram, regardless of religion. The crusaders slaughtered Millions in the name of Jesus, yet that is not what Christ taught us.

  • David Hunt - 2014-08-06 07:58

    Muslim populationstatus of countries around the world. As long as the Muslim population remains around or under 2% in any given country, they will be for the most part be regarded as a peace-loving minority, and not as a threat to other citizens. This is the case in: United States -- Muslim 0.6% Australia -- Muslim 1.5% Canada -- Muslim 1.9% China -- Muslim 1.8% Italy -- Muslim 1.5% Norway -- Muslim 1.8% At 2% to 5%, they begin to proselytize from other ethnic minorities and disaffected groups, often with major recruiting from the jails and among street gangs. This is happening in: Denmark -- Muslim 2% Germany -- Muslim 3.7% United Kingdom -- Muslim 2.7% Spain -- Muslim 4% Thailand -- Muslim 4.6%

      David Hunt - 2014-08-06 07:58

      From 5% on, they exercise an inordinate influence in proportion to their percentage of the population. For example, they will push for the introduction of halal (clean by Islamic standards) food, thereby securing food preparation jobs for Muslims. They will increase pressure on supermarket chains to feature halal on their shelves -- along with threats for failure to comply. This is occurring in: France -- Muslim 8% Philippines -- 5% Sweden -- Muslim 5% Switzerland -- Muslim 4.3% The Netherlands -- Muslim 5.5% Trinidad & Tobago -- Muslim 5.8% At this point, they will work to get the ruling government to allow them to rule themselves (within their ghettos) under Sharia, the Islamic Law. The ultimate goal of Islamists is to establish Sharia law over the entire world. When Muslims approach 10% of the population, they tend to increase lawlessness as a means of complaint about their conditions. In Paris , we are already seeing car-burnings. Any non-Muslim action offends Islam, and results in uprisings and threats, such as in Amsterdam , with opposition to Mohammed cartoons and films about Islam. Such tensions are seen daily, particularly in Muslim sections, in: Guyana -- Muslim 10% India -- Muslim 13.4% Israel -- Muslim 16% Kenya -- Muslim 10% Russia -- Muslim 15%

      David Hunt - 2014-08-06 07:59

      After reaching 20%, nations can expect hair-trigger rioting, jihad militia formations, sporadic killings, and the burnings of Christian churches and Jewish synagogues, such as in: Ethiopia -- Muslim 32.8% At 40%, nations experience widespread massacres, chronic terror attacks, and ongoing militia warfare, such as in: Bosnia -- Muslim 40% Chad -- Muslim 53.1% Lebanon -- Muslim 59.7% From 60%, nations experience unfettered persecution of non-believers of all other religions (including non-conforming Muslims), sporadic ethnic cleansing (genocide), use of Sharia Law as a weapon, and ***ya, the tax placed on infidels, such as in: Albania -- Muslim 70% Malaysia -- Muslim 60.4% Qatar -- Muslim 77.5% Sudan -- Muslim 70% After 80%, expect daily intimidation and violent jihad, some State-run ethnic cleansing, and even some genocide, as these nations drive out the infidels, and move toward 100% Muslim, such as has been experienced and in some ways is on-going in: Bangladesh -- Muslim 83% Egypt -- Muslim 90% Gaza -- Muslim 98.7% Indonesia -- Muslim 86.1% Iran -- Muslim 98% Iraq -- Muslim 97% Jordan -- Muslim 92% Morocco -- Muslim 98.7% Pakistan -- Muslim 97% Palestine -- Muslim 99% Syria -- Muslim 90% Tajikistan -- Muslim 90% Turkey -- Muslim 99.8% United Arab Emirates -- Muslim 96%

      David Hunt - 2014-08-06 07:59

      100% will usher in the peace of 'Dar-es-Salaam' -- the Islamic House of Peace. Here there's supposed to be peace, because everybody is a Muslim, the Madrasses are the only schools, and the Koran is the only word, such as in: Afghanistan -- Muslim 100% Saudi Arabia -- Muslim 100% Somalia -- Muslim 100% Yemen -- Muslim 100% Unfortunately, peace is never achieved, as in these 100% states the most radical Muslims intimidate and spew hatred, and satisfy their blood lust by killing less radical Muslims, for a variety of reasons.

      Lanfear Mierin - 2014-08-06 10:12

      Loved the statistics David. That is why I am very glad about the uprising of the middle-right in Europe that are against the minority islam trying to take over their countries. Also in China the government is slamming down on them and their proselytising. Cannot allow them world power and/or dominion, too radical.

  • Humeira Mogalia - 2014-08-06 09:38

    this is absolutely deplorable. no one should have to be forced to leave their homes because some drug crazed fanatic says so. My heart goes out to all those who have been displaced. its absolutely sickening that this man uses my peaceful religion to further his perverse agendas.

      Lanfear Mierin - 2014-08-06 10:14

      But Humeira, your religion as it is practised across the world is NOT peaceful! Everywhere we look, muslims are terrorising and fighting and killing and oppressing. How then is that peaceful?

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