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World Ignoring Victims of Boko Haram Insurgency – Ex-UK Foreign Secretary

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Former United Kingdom Foreign Secretary, David Miliband has told the BBC, that the world is not paying enough attention to the plight of people affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in north-eastern Nigeria.

Miliband, who is the head of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), said international policy-makers and Nigerian authorities needed to step up efforts to help victims of the conflict.

“It’s important for us to be in the places which make the headlines, but also important to be in the places that don’t,” he told the BBC’s Ishaq Khalid during a visit to Yola, one of the areas badly affected by the violence.

“The danger is that people are not in the headline will get forgotten until they end up in the headline for a wrong reason,” Miliband added.

He also said there was a “hidden catastrophe” in north-east Nigeria.

“Some of the people I met who recently returned from Cameroon are in desperate situation and need urgent help,” he added.

IRC is one of the few international humanitarian agencies assisting some of the three million people displaced by the six-year Boko Haram insurgency.

It will be recalled that West African neighbour, Cameroon repatriated some Nigerians who had fled to the country to escape the insurgency. Cameroonian authorities said they feared the refugees were infiltrated by the militants who have also carried out attacks on its territory.