No help for refugees of Nigeria Islamic uprising

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Associated Press

Posted on April 4, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Updated Friday, Apr 4 at 11:04 AM

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — An American university professor says hundreds of refugees from northeast Nigeria's Islamic uprising are worrying where their next meal will come from as are the equally impoverished families that have taken them in.

Margee Ensign of the American University of Nigeria in Adamawa state said by telephone Friday that the refugees are mainly women and children, indicating militants are targeting men. More than 1,200 people have been killed this year.

Ensign says households in Mubi town that averaged eight people have doubled with refugees. Residents say the food they had to last until the harvest has finished before the planting season starts.

She says no agency is helping some 350 refugees in Mubi, and noted others are displaced in more remote areas. Some 700,000 people are displaced in the crisis.

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