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3m suffer in Nigerian Islamic uprising In camps, 500 share one latrine

LAGOS, Nigeria, March 27, (AP): Living in fear and hunger, some quarter million Nigerians forced from their homes this year by an Islamic uprising are surviving in the bush, overcrowded with relatives and friends or in squalid camps where 500 share one latrine, a new report says.

The National Emergency Management Agency describes dire conditions for people already traumatized by the loss of loved ones, belongings, homes and livelihoods in northeast Nigeria. In all, more than 3 million people — a third of the population — are suffering from the insurgency that has killed thousands and driven tens of thousands of farmers from their land, the agency said in the first report on the humanitarian plight created by the insurgency in Nigeria.

It was made available to The Associated Press on Thursday. “The fabric of society is being torn apart, with the increase of femaleheaded households, unaccompanied children, and the most vulnerable being left behind,” it says of a March assessment of the crisis in the three northeastern states covering one-sixth of the West African nation. It says nearly every community visited by researchers reported caring for children whose parents have been killed, or who lost them in the panic of escaping attacks by Islamic militants.

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