Nigeria: Thousands displaced in Bauchi and Akwa Ibom States
|Publisher||Norwegian Refugee Council/Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (NRC/IDMC)|
|Publication Date||25 March 2011|
|Cite as||Norwegian Refugee Council/Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (NRC/IDMC), Nigeria: Thousands displaced in Bauchi and Akwa Ibom States, 25 March 2011, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4d9034842.html [accessed 8 March 2014]|
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Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area of Bauchi State has been at the centre of inter-communal violence since the beginning of the year. In the latest incident, the burning down of the villages of Gital, Jaja and Yamgam forced hundreds of villagers, especially women and children, to flee. The Nigerian Red Cross has provided aid to people displaced by the violence in the neighbouring villages of Gontakurwa and Bununu.
Inter-communal violence has also caused new displacement in Ini Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State. Youth violence led to the complete destruction of Ayehedia village, forcing its some 3,000 residents to flee. The seven villages that make up the affected area of Mbiabet Ikpe have a long history of land disputes. Meanwhile, election-related violence has been on the increase ahead of the presidential polls scheduled for April.
See also: IDMC Nigeria country page