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Nigeria assessing the damage after Boko Haram

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>> Nigerian soldiers opening fire as soon as they leave their barracks in Bama. The northeast city was a Boko Haram stronghold, left in ruins after the Islamist fighters were pushed out and still dangerous. Now, it's only home to troops and thousands of internally displaced people or IDPs. According to Reuters bureau chief in Nigeria, Ulf Laessing, who has been given exclusive access to what's left of the city.
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>> All residents have left, there's just some 11 souls and IDPs left here in the camp. Of course, Boko Haram has made the city basically uninhabitable. They thrown down houses. Destroy petrol stations. There's no place for civilians here to live.>> It's taken seven years and 15,000 lives to curb the fighting in Nigeria.
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For the first time, allowing aid agencies in to assess the scale of the humanitarian disaster. UNICEF estimating half a million children at risk of severe acute malnutrition and 50,000 expected to die. Numbers that could rise as more civilians return to towns now controlled by the army.>> There are still many civilians fleeing from rural areas outside the city, people who flee from Boko Haram, who are hungry.
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Many showed serious levels of malnourishment. We saw sick children and mothers in the hospital are being fed, after having lived in the bush and being starved of food.
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ople flocking to the Borno state capital have seen its population triple, causing shortages and even riots. And it'll l be some time yet before their homes are rebuilt.