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A latest report by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has revealed the terror group Boko Haram has killed about 350,000 people in the northeast region.
The Thursday report which was released in partnership with Nigeria’s Ministry of Finance outlined the adverse effects of the terror acts of the group which outweighs the reported 35,000 reports.
UNDP further revealed that for every one person killed by the insurgency, at least 9 other persons lost their lives to the ripple effects of their terror acts, which include agriculture, food, and no access to healthcare.
“The full human cost of the war is much greater,” the UN agency said.
“Already, many more have died from the indirect effects of the conflict,” said the UNDP, citing damage to agriculture, water, trade, food and healthcare.
If the conflict continues to 2030, more than 1.1 million people may die, the agency said.
Nigeria’s north-east region has been enmeshed in a bloody insurgency since 2009 which has resulted in thousands of deaths and mass displacement of residents in Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states.
Attacks on peasant communities in the region have continued despite claims by the government that the insurgency had been defeated.