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Nigerian refugees cross Chad Lake to flee Boko Haram violence

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 01:08

Scores of Nigerian refugees are crossing Lake Chad to find safety from Boko Haram violence but countries like Chad are struggling with the refugee influx. Mana Rabiee reports.

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+++PLEASE NOTE VIDEO IS BEING RESENT TO CORRECTLY NAME NIGERIA AS "AFRICA'S BIGGEST ECONOMY", NOT AFRICA'S BIGGEST COUNTRY AS STATED ERRONEOUSLY IN MONDAY'S VERSION+++ On the other side of Lake Chad, these Nigerians refugees hope to find safety from Boko Haram violence. Some 20,000 Nigerians have fled into neighboring countries in recent weeks, according to the U.N., as the Islamist militants ramp up their five-year campaign to build an Islamic state in Nigeria, Africa's biggest economy. For the refugees, it's been a litany of killings, kidnappings, hunger and economic chaos. (SOUNDBITE)(Haussa) SOULAYMANE SENOUSSI, SURVIVOR OF BOKO HARAM ATTACK, SAYING: "My friend came towards me and when I saw that he was injured with a hole here (showing his cheek), when he was talking he couldn't breathe. When I saw him I didn't know what to do. He had been hit by a bullet. I couldn't wait for him, so we went to the water shores." Chad's Prime Minster has appealed for international aid, for the thousands of Nigerian refugees who have crossed the border into the Lake Chad region. The influx of refugees puts added strain on some of the poorest nations in Africa, already struggling to feed and protect their own people in a region still recovering from drought.

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Nigerian refugees cross Chad Lake to flee Boko Haram violence

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 01:08