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Thousands Flee Niger Town after Boko Haram Attacks

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Thousands of civilians fled their homes in the southeastern Niger town of Diffa this week, following waves of cross-border raids and suicide bombings by Nigerian militant group Boko Haram. The area, struggling to feed some 150,000 people who have run to escape violence in northern Nigeria, has seen around 7,000 arrive this week in Zinder, Niger's second biggest town some 280 miles west of Diffa. Matias Meier, country director, said some families in Zinder, one of the poorest regions in Niger, were having to host 20 people, while other displaced were sleeping in the stadium.
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