by David Cyril
Majority of the people who fled Kolikolia, Borno State, after being attacked by the dreaded terrorist group Boko Haram, are presently at an uninhabited island of Choua in Lake Chad, Republic of Chad.
According to a report on Reuters, the fleeing refugees reportedly arrived the island, – which lies in Chadian waters about four kilometres from where the borders of Chad, Nigeria and Niger intersect,-on Thursday, 31 July.
The refugees are expected to be relocated to Ngouboua, a more conducive area which is about 30 kilometers away from the borders, where a number of Nigerian refugees and Chadian returned refugees already live among hosting villages.
According to the Government of Chad, the relocation will be carried out today, Wednesday, 6 August, by two helicopters provided by the Chadian authorities.
Thousands of Nigerians at Ngouboua, which are mainly women and children, were provided with relief packages that include; high energy biscuits, water purification kits, mosquito nets, communal tents, sleeping mats and other household items, by the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and its partners including the World Health Organisation and UNICEF.
Furthermore, UNHCR will establish a field office in the Lake Chad area to monitor the situation, coordinate the response with partners on the ground, and ensure protection and assistance to refugees.
Meanwhile, the people of Kolikolia, who are now refugees in Ngouboua say that more Nigerian refugees are likely to arrive in Chad soon.