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Security Council to Visit 4 Countries Affected by Boko Haram
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Security Council to Visit 4 Countries Affected by Boko Haram

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The U.N. Security Council was heading to West Africa on Wednesday night to examine the threat posed by Boko Haram to the countries most affected by the Islamic extremist group – Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon, all four of which also face a serious humanitarian crisis.

France’s U.N. ambassador, Francois Delattre, told reporters that “this is the first time ever that the Security Council will visit the region” and members want to support those four countries “in their fight against terrorism.”

In Nigeria, a seven-year uprising by Boko Haram has killed more than 20,000 people and driven 2.6 million from their homes, and the extremist group has moved into the three neighboring countries. A U.N. humanitarian coordinator said last month that malnutrition in Nigeria’s northeast was so pronounced that some adults were too weak to walk and some communities had lost all their toddlers.

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