Caritas meeting focuses on plight of Nigerians fleeing conflict zone

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(Vatican Radio) Nigerians go to the polls on Saturday for a presidential election that was postponed by six weeks as the government battled to retake key north-eastern towns held by the militant group Boko Haram. Thousands of people have been killed and an estimated three million others have fled the region where the insurgents have been seeking to establish an Islamic state since 2009.

While many of those fleeing the violence are internally displaced, others have crossed the border into neighbouring  Niger, Chad and Cameroon.  Up to a million of these refugees are now reported to be in urgent need of basic food, shelter and medical supplies.

Representatives of Catholic aid agencies from across the central African nations took part in a two day meeting at the Caritas Internationalis headquarters here in Rome on Thursday and Friday to draw up a humanitarian action plan for the refugees and displaced families…

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