Northeast Nigeria Recovering From Islamist Violence, Unicef Says – Bloomberg

Northeastern Nigeria is beginning to recover from the devastation caused by an almost decade-long Islamist insurgency as famine is averted, more people access aid and children return to school, although huge challenges remain, the United Nations Children’s Fund said.

The Boko Haram militant group has claimed more than 20,000 lives in a violent campaign to impose its version of Islamic law on Africa’s biggest oil producer. At least 5.2 million people are in need of food assistance in the region, while more than half the schools in the worst-affected state of Borno remain closed, according to UN agencies.

“The challenges of malnutrition, the crises, the violence makes you feel despair,” Justin Forsyth, deputy director of Unicef, said in a Sept. 30 phone interview from Maiduguri city, where Boko Haram was formed. “But if you see the children in school and how hopeful they are, that also fills you with hope.”

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