Nigeria: Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 14th July 2020.

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Photo of Lisa Cameron Lisa Cameron Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Mental Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Nigerian counterpart on the International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law's finding that more than 60,000 people have been killed by Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa since 2010.

Photo of James Duddridge James Duddridge Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

We are aware of the report published in May by the Nigerian NGO International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law. While the United Nations and the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project assess the number of fatalities to be lower, at just over 36,000 people killed in the decade-long conflict in North East Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin, each death caused by the conflict represents a tragedy.

The UK remains committed to supporting the Government of Nigeria and its neighbours in the fight against Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa. The Prime Minister discussed UK support for tackling the insurgency in the North East with President Buhari at the UK Africa Investment Summit in January. We provide a comprehensive package of security, stabilisation and humanitarian assistance to Nigeria to help tackle the threat from these terrorist groups and support affected communities. This includes up to £300 million of humanitarian support to affected communities between 2017-2022.

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