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Extremist attacks displace thousands from Chad islands

Published:Wednesday | December 9, 2015 | 12:00 AM

DAKAR, Senegal (AP):

Attacks by Nigeria's Islamic extremist group on the islands of Lake Chad are displacing thousands forced to give up their livelihoods and flee the insecurity, said the Chad director of the United Nations food agency.

In November, the programme assisted more than 60,000 fleeing insecurity and it expects to assist 90,000 people in December, said World Food Program Chad director Mary-Ellen McGroarty.

"The situation is worsening. The attacks are more frequent, and the impact on the community is severe," she said. "Many have fled only with the clothes on their backs, leaving their farms and fishing behind."

McGroarty said that people are traumatised and feel they have little opportunity having to leave their homes. Parents worry about the safety of their children.

"The concern is that communities are losing their livelihoods," she told The Associated Press.