As the United States began to take action to save Iraqi Christians from the brutality and savagery of the terrorist horde known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), United Nations officials on Thursday reported that about 1,000 people were forced to abandon their homes in Nigeria in order to seek refuge from the equally brutal and savage Islamist terror group Boko Haram.
According to the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the Nigerians, most of whom are Christians or non-Muslims, fled to an island in Lake Chad, a few miles from where the borders of Nigeria, Chad, and Niger meet.
UN officials said that the refugees -- mostly women and children -- claimed that they fled the brutal attacks on their Nigerian city of Kolikolia and saw their houses destroyed and food taken by the Boko Haram terrorists.
A UNHCR spokeswoman, Ariane Rummery, issued a press statement in which she said that Government of Chad requested the refugees to relocate to a safer area in Ngouboua, located miles from the border where other Nigerian and Chadian refugees are already living after being dispersed among some of the Chadian villages.
According to Ms. Rummery, "The newly arrived refugees reported that more Nigerians were likely to arrive in Chad soon. In line with the UNHCR's strategy to seek alternatives to camps, newly arrived refugees from Nigeria would be settled in villages in and around Ngouboua, with assistance also provided to the host population."
Ms. Rummery also said that UN workers are establishing a temporary office in the Lake Chad vicinity to work with "partners on the ground, and ensure protection and assistance to refugees."
Boko Haram, which is affiliated with al-Qaida, gained international notoriety when it kidnapped hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls on April 14. The group still holds those children hostage.