At least 130,000 refugees, mainly women and children, returned to Nigeria’s northeast from neighbouring countries.

They had fled the heartless slaughtering and kidnapping to seek safety across the borders.

They need help to rebuild their communities that have been badly devastated by insurgents.

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is seeking additional $9.5 million to scale up its activities in northeast Nigeria.

UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, Mr Volker Türk, said the fund would cushion an unexpected surge in self-organised returnees mainly from Cameroon.

“This is a new emergency, which requires urgent attention,” Türk, said in a press statement.

According to him, the majority left Minawao and Kolofata refugee settlements and are gald to return home.

“Many of these returnees are unable to go back to their homes due to security concerns and end up being displaced again, in dire humanitarian conditions,” Türk added.

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The UNHCR said the situation was particularly difficult in the town of Banki, where many are forced to live outdoors and have limited access to drinking water, food and medicine.

“During my recent visit to the region, I was not only appalled by the scale of the humanitarian needs, but also deeply shocked at the level of trauma, social division and distrust.

“We urge the international community to pay more attention to this highly complex and challenging humanitarian and security situation,” Türk said.

Turk has visited both Nigeria and Cameroon over the past three weeks.