Human rights organisation, Human Rights Watch, has revealed that more 1,000 civilians have died from attacks by the Islamist armed group Boko Haram in 2015. The organisation based this figure on witness accounts and an analysis of media reports.
According to the human rights watchdog, interviews in late January with people who fled Yobe, Adamawa, and Borno states in northeastern Nigeria has revealed horrific levels of brutality.
“Each week that passes we learn of more brutal Boko Haram abuses against civilians,” said Mausi Segun, Nigeria researcher at Human Rights Watch. “The Nigerian government needs to make protecting civilians a priority in military operations against Boko Haram.”
The findings underscore the human toll of the conflict between Boko Haram and forces from from Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, and Niger. Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency says that nearly one million people have been forced to flee since the Islamist rebel group began its violent uprising in July 2009.
During 2014, Human Rights Watch estimates that at least 3,750 civilians died during Boko Haram attacks in these areas. Attacks in the first quarter of 2015 have increased compared to the same period in 2014, including seven suicide bombings allegedly using women and children.
Source: Human Rights Watch