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Cracks form in Niger's open refugee policy

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Cracks form in Niger's open refugee policy

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>> After Ali was forced to flee his home in Nigeria by Boko Haram. Islamist fighters massacred 19 of his friends and neighbors. For 2 years on, he says he's gained a brother, a stranger who took him in when he had nothing. He has become family. He's the only one I have here.
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ile the reception for refugees like Allie in wealthy European nations has been mixed. Here in the south of Niger, families with barely enough food for their children have welcomed strangers into their homes. Reuters West Africa Bureau Chief, Joe Bavier visited the communities.>> The Nigerians who have been displaced internally.
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Entire villages have been moved and local authorities are doing their best to cope. Everyone more or less is pitching in. To try to make sure that these very vulnerable people are getting at least the, the minimum of what they need to survive.>> But after a surge in violence last month, hospitality is reaching it's limits.
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Food and water shortages are putting families under severe strain.>> Three years into this crisis in Southern Niger, things are really reaching a tipping point. The insurgency has really destroyed the economy. There were two groups that clashed earlier last month, over access to a well. There's still this spirit of welcome, it's just a capacity that's diminished.
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And there's a general hope that there will be end to this insurgency in Nigeria soon. We've seen though, that Boko Haram is a very difficult group to stamp out. And it doesn't really look like they're going anywhere anytime soon.>> Like Ali, 2.4 million people have been displaced by Boko Haram.
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Ali's lasting memory of his home, his elderly mother standing in the doorway as gunfire rang out.