Aboucar Malam Madou, 59, is a farmer from northern Nigeria who fled Boko Haram violence in 2016. He now lives in the sprawling Awaradi refugee settlement with over 9,000 other refugees. The recent surge in numbers seeking safety in Niger has ballooned mostly due to the rise in Islamic militant attacks in the border regions of neighboring Nigeria, Chad and Mali.
According to UNHCR, in the past five years over 400,000 refugees have settled in Niger with around 70% of those having arrived from the troubled region of northern Nigeria.
December 11th, 2019.