The Diffa region of southeastern Niger has seen a spike in violence and displacement, which caused at least 88 civilian deaths last month, a UN spokesperson said Friday.

At least 21 attacks against civilians and military forces occurred in March, resulting in 88 civilian deaths following increased activity by non-state armed groups, in particular Boko Haram, in the Lake Chad Basin, said Stephane Dujarric at a press briefing.

He noted the 88 civilian deaths in a month compare to a total of 107 deaths throughout 2018.

These attacks triggered the movement of nearly 18,500 people towards the urban center of Diffa and other big settlements in the region, which already hosts more than 100,000 internally displaced people and 120,000 refugees, Dujarric said.

The humanitarian situation rapid assessments indicate that people critically need water and sanitation, shelter, food and household items, he said. Enditem



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