Policemen keep watch as they keep away people protesting against xenophobia at a check point leading to South African High Commission which was shut down to avert reprisal attacks in Abuja, on September 5, 2019. / AFP / KOLA SULAIMON
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Nearly 22,000 people, mostly children, are missing as a result of the Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria, the Red Cross said Thursday.The militant uprising which started in 2009 has killed more than 27,000 people, displaced some two million, and spilt over into neighboring countries, sparking a dire humanitarian crisis.The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said in a statement that the nearly 22,000 Nigerians constituted the highest number of missing persons registered with the organization in any country. The Red Cross said that some families were often separated while fleeing attacks, while others have had loved ones abducted or detained and do not know their whereabouts.
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