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Nigerians face killings, hunger in Boko Haram's 'state'

 Reuters 02 February 2019

Boko Haram says it is building an Islamic state that will revive the glory days of northern Nigeria's medieval Muslim empires, but for those in its territory life is a litany of killings, kidnappings, hunger and economic collapse. The Islamist group's five year campaign has become one of the deadliest in the world, with around 10,000 people killed last year. Those who have escaped Boko Haram violence say the rebels do little for them beyond forcing them to adopt their brand of Islam on pain of death. In a hard-hitting report and photo series, Reuters’ Julia Payne speaks to survivors and aid workers about the terror and devastation of the group’s onslaught in Nigeria. (919 Words) - By Julia Payne

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Women displaced as a result of Boko Haram attacks in the northeast region of Nigeria, sit together at a camp for internally displaced people in Yola, Adamawa State January 14, 2019. Credit: REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

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woman displaced as a result of Boko Haram attacks in the northeast region of Nigeria, poses for a picture next to a sign showing the weekly programme of a church at a camp for internally displaced people in Yola, Adamawa State January 14, 2019. Credit: REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

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Baby Lurky, whose family was displaced as a result of Boko Haram attacks in the northeast region of Nigeria, sleeps in the shade at a camp for internally displaced people (IDP) in Yola, Adamawa State January 14, 2019. Credit: REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

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Children displaced as a result of Boko Haram attacks in the northeast region of Nigeria, attend class at Maikohi school inside a camp for internally displaced persons (IDP) in Yola, Adamawa State January 13, 2019. Credit: REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

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Displaced people fleeing Boko Haram violence in the northeast region of Nigeria, collect water at a water point at Maikohi secondary school internally displaced persons (IDP) camp, in Yola, Adamawa State January 13, 2019. Credit: REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

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A girl displaced as a result of Boko Haram attack in the northeast region of Nigeria, rests her head on a desk at Maikohi secondary school camp for internally displaced persons (IDP) in Yola, Adamawa State January 13, 2019. Credit: REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

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A girl displaced as a result of Boko Haram attacks in the northeast region of Nigeria, uses a mortar and pestle at a camp for internally displaced people in Yola, Adamawa State January 14, 2019. Credit: REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

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Morris Enoch, a leader of traditional militia hunters helping the army to fight the Boko Haram insurgence in the northeast region of Nigeria, speaks during an interview in Yola, Adamawa State January 14, 2019. Credit: REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

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Men who fled the Boko Haram violence in the northeast region of Nigeria sit in a row as they listen to news on the radio at Maikohi secondary school internally displaced persons (IDP) camp, in Yola, Adamawa State January 13, 2019. Credit: REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

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People fleeing Boko Haram violence in the northeast region of Nigeria, cook food at Maikohi secondary school camp for internally displaced persons (IDP) in Yola, Adamawa State January 13, 2019. Credit: REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

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Children, who have fled Boko Haram violence in the northeast region of Nigeria, take part in aerobic exercises at Maikohi secondary school at the camp for internally displaced people (IDP) in Yola, Adamawa State January 13, 2019. Credit: REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde


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